Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee wrote letters to President Biden and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines requesting information on the origin of COVID-19, claiming they had found evidence to support the theory that the virus originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. laboratory.
Letter accuses the intelligence community of failing to provide timely updates on its investigation and of not being “forthcoming” on “the processes it undertook to make seemingly authoritative statements at the start of the pandemic on the origins of the virus – conclusions which are now in question.
“This casts doubt on the validity of early judgments as well as the analytical integrity of intelligence reports related to COVID-19,” the letter to Haines said.
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“Republican members are aware of claims that the IC suppressed dissenting opinions related to the origins of the pandemic and that the community has relied on ‘outside’ experts with worrying tangles as yet undisclosed,” the letter, signed by ranking member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., says.
The letter demands that the intelligence community hand over all its information on the origins of COVID-19, specifically requesting any report on a possible “collaboration” between the Wuhan laboratory and the Chinese military. He asked for all the evidence intelligence agencies had to prove that the coronavirus had erupted naturally and was from animals.
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He also asked whether the intelligence community was involved in reviews of “job posting” research, particularly whether it was appropriate to fund such research outside of the United States.
The letter sets a deadline of May 31 to begin providing information for its application.
While U.S. officials in the Trump administration believed the virus may have come from the lab, some experts have questioned that explanation. But so far investigations have been hampered by a secret Chinese regime.
The World Health Organization sent a team to Wuhan to investigate the outbreak earlier this year, but even the Biden administration – which has been less hawkish towards the WHO and China than the previous administration – expressed concern on Chinese interference.
“We are deeply concerned about how the initial findings of the COVID-19 investigation were communicated and questions about the process used to reach them,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in a lengthy statement. “It is imperative that this report be independent, with expert conclusions free from interference or modification by the Chinese government.”
In a separate letter to Biden, Republican lawmakers said a senior administration official confirmed their conclusion that the origin of COVID-19 may be the result of a lab leak.
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“In April, the director of national intelligence explained that either ‘[COVID-19] emerged naturally from human contact with infected animals or was the result of an accident in a Wuhan laboratory, “the letter read.” It is not known, however, whether the intelligence community or any other part of the US government is trying to determine the truth. “
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