In this Feb. 6 file photo, a worker in protective overalls and carrying disinfecting equipment walks outside the Wuhan Central Hospital.
/ September 8, 2021
There are 17 agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community.
An intelligence assessment of where Covid-19 originated was ordered by President Joe Biden three months ago.
The unclassified version of the assessment was released in late August. There was no consensus. Some agencies believe the virus leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Others say it was an animal spillover.
The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is seemingly the most clear-headed among the spy services in asserting that the virus most likely began inside a Chinese laboratory, security correspondent Bill Gertz reported, citing U.S. intelligence sources.
Former National Security Agency official John Schindler slammed the assessment as a failure of the intel agencies to inform the public of one of the most important issues facing the world.
“Simply put, the public deserves a real intelligence assessment on where Covid-19 came from, to include unclassified findings which actually say something,” Schindler stated in his substack blog Top Secret Umbra.
The enormous political, economic and social costs of the pandemic that began in China call for a more defined answer than the public Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) assessment, he argued.
“Americans should demand more than a page or so of bureaucratic spook-speak that really doesn’t say much of anything except: Really, who knows what happened in Wuhan?” Schindler wrote.
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