U.S. Energy Department Report Now Says Lab Leak Most Likely Source of COVID-19

The debate over the origins of COVID-19 has evolved over time.

Those who originally publically stated that the virus came from a lab leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China were targeted by the left. Their views, until recently, were universally dismissed as conspiracy theories and “misinformation” by major news outlets, scientists, and social media companies in the early stages of the pandemic.

Starting in early 2020, various government departments under the Biden administration also tried to discredit anyone who believed the deadly virus, responsible for millions of deaths worldwide was developed in China using grants awarded by NIH.

On May 4th, 2020, former U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an interview with National Geographic that no scientific evidence the coronavirus was made in a Chinese lab.

In the exclusive interview, Fauci cautioned against the rush for states to reopen, and offers his tips for handling the pandemic’s information deluge.

“If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats and what’s out there now, [the scientific evidence] is very, very strongly leaning toward this could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated … Everything about the stepwise evolution over time strongly indicates that [this virus] evolved in nature and then jumped species,” Fauci says. Based on the scientific evidence, he also doesn’t entertain an alternate theory—that someone found the coronavirus in the wild, brought it to a lab, and then it accidentally escaped.”

But the tide has been turning considerably as more freedom on information requests (FOIA) have been processed, producing a trove of sought-after email communications.

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The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday the Energy Department’s revised assessment of the pandemic’s origins is based on fresh intelligence noted in an update to a 2021 document by Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines’s office.

The publication further states while the investigation is ongoing, more authorities are coming to the lab leak hypothesis however there is as yet no unanimous decision:

“The new report highlights how different parts of the intelligence community have arrived at disparate judgments about the pandemic’s origin. The Energy Department now joins the Federal Bureau of Investigation in saying the virus likely spread via a mishap at a Chinese laboratory.”

“Four other agencies, along with a national intelligence panel, still judge that it was likely the result of a natural transmission, and two are undecided.”

The report goes on to say the Energy Department made its judgment with “low confidence,” according to people who have read the classified report, however, it does align with previous speculation about the exact origin of the virus.

In response to the report, Congressional Republicans blew up on Twitter Sunday afternoon.

Many have publically taken the position that the COVID-19 pandemic likely originated from an accidental lab leak in China.

Republicans are calling for accountability from the Chinese Communist Party as evidence mounts that it is to blame for the pandemic.

“Re. China’s lab leak, being proven right doesn’t matter,” Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., tweeted. “What matters is holding the Chinese Communist Party accountable so this doesn’t happen again.”

“The elites and academics owe everyone who had legitimate questions and concerns about the origins of COVID an apology,” Rep Ken Buck, R-Colo., tweeted. “The American people deserve to see all the information concerning the Chinese lab leak and the origins of COVID. This won’t be forgotten.”


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