Six CIA agents who concurred Covid likely originated in a Chinese lab changed their tune after receiving generous compensation, a whistleblower told Congress.
/ September 20, 2023
After being compensated, six analysts agreed to avoid concluding that the virus originated at a Chinese laboratory, the whistleblower said, according to Republican Reps. Brad Wenstrup and Mike Turner.
In a Sept. 12 letter to CIA Director William Burns, the two Republican congressmen said the intelligence officer whistleblower cited a “multi-decade, senior-level” current official as saying six of the experts assigned to a “Covid Discovery Team” reached the conclusion that virus likely came from the Wuhan lab and was not transmitted naturally from an unidentified animal host.
A seventh officer, who led the team, was the sole analyst who believed the virus emerged naturally through “zoonosis.”
“The whistleblower further contends that to come to the eventual public determination of uncertainty, the other six members were given a significant monetary incentive to change their position,” Wenstrup and Turner stated in the letter to Burns.
U.S. intelligence agencies remain divided on the origin of the Covid virus. Many still lean toward the view that the virus originated from an animal infected by the virus from a bat, although no animal containing the virus has been discovered.
The Defense Intelligence Agency’s National Center for Medical Intelligence concluded that the virus known as SARS-CoV-2 was bioengineered at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology, which was engaged in research that manipulated animal viruses to make them more infectious to humans.
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