Pentagon: Evidence Suggests Covid-19 Developed in Lab

Pentagon medical intelligence unit scientists wrote in a research report that evidence indicates Covid-19 and SARS-CoV-2, which may have been “developed in a laboratory,” said the Washington Times.

Defense Intelligence Agency’s National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI) scientists determined, in an unclassified research paper published in 2020 and recently uncovered by The Australian, that Covid-19 was engineered. 

The report also pushed back against a prior research paper written by Kristian G. Andersen and four other scientists, concluding that “SARS-CoV-2 is not a laboratory construct or a purposefully manipulated virus.”

The NCMI report, written by Navy Commander Jean-Paul Chretien and Robert Greg Cutlip, states: “We consider the evidence they present and find that it does not prove that the virus arose naturally.  

The SARS-CoV-2 features noted by Anderson et al. are consistent with a different scenario: that SARS-CoV-2 was developed in a laboratory. Coronavirus researchers used methods leading coronavirus researchers frequently use to investigate how viruses cause disease and infect cells, develop drugs and vaccines, and assess the potential for animal coronaviruses to jump to humans.

GOP Senator Roger Marshall of Kentucky, a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee member, is leading the probe. He told the Australian, “We never trusted the Chinese Communist Party to come clean about the origins of Covid-19. However, a potential cover-up by our own government and Defense agencies tasked with securing our nation should concern every American and must be fully investigated immediately.”

Marshall added, “The intelligence community’s official inconclusive position about the origins of Covid-19 has never accurately reflected the classified intelligence we reviewed. Now we are learning insider censorship of U.S. expert scientists may have influenced the report.”

The internal NCMI working paper was titled, “Critical Analysis of Anderson et al. The Proximal origin of SARS-CoV-w.”

Piece in Nature Medicine became the centerpiece of media, political narrative 

The Nature Medicine paper became the centerpiece of a media and political narrative promoted by Dr. Anthony Fauci, who until recently was the chief medical adviser to President Biden on infectious diseases, as well as other senior U.S. officials who rejected the idea that Covid-19 leaked from a lab as a conspiracy theory, and continued to insist the virus had been passed to humans in a natural way from bats through an intermediate animal host that hasn’t been identified. 

The NCMI experts argue in the paper that Covid almost certainly spread from virus research in the Wuhan Institute. 

The newspaper noted that the paper was circulated to other intelligence agencies but blocked from being released to the public or for release to the FBI, which is one of two U.S. agencies on record as saying the virus was likely to have been leaked from the lab in Wuhan. 

According to the report, the medical intelligence experts discovered a fragment of the Covid-19 virus resembled a piece of lab-manipulated virus in 2008 from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

“We consider the evidence they present and find that it does not prove that the virus arose naturally,” said the medical intelligence report. “In fact, the features of SARS-CoV-2 noted by Anderson et al. are considerate with another scenario: that SARS-CoV-2 was developed in a laboratory, by methods that leading coronavirus researchers commonly used to investigate how the viruses infect cells and cause disease, assess the potential for animal coronaviruses to jump to humans, and develop drugs and vaccines.”

The paper went on to further reject the argument of the authors of the Nature Medicine paper that the binding ability to human cells of the Covid virus developed through natural selection.

“This is not a scientific argument but rather an assumption of intent and methodology for a hypothesized scientist,” they said. 

By 2021, four government scientific groups agreed SARS-CoV-2 “was not a natural virus,” said a source close to the inquiry. 

In May of 2021, President Joe Biden ordered a three-month investigation into the origin of the virus, and the unclassified report rejected the NCMI findings and said that most U.S. spy agencies believe the virus wasn’t genetically engineered and was likely of natural origin. 

However, critics of the final report by the Office of Director of National Intelligence said there wasn’t discussion within the report of genomic analysis or other evidence the virus could have resulted from risky work at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.