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A analysis dossier compiled by the so-called “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance states that China deliberately hid or destroyed proof of the coronavirus outbreak, leading to the lack of tens of 1000’s of lives round the world
The 15-page doc from the intelligence companies of the U.S., Canada, the U.Okay., Australia and New Zealand, was obtained by Australia’s Daily Telegraph newspaper and states that China’s secrecy amounted to an “assault on international transparency.”
The dossier touches on themes that have been discussed in media reports about the outbreak of the virus, including initial denial that the virus could be transmitted between humans, the silencing or “disappearing” of doctors who tried to speak up, the destruction of evidence in laboratories and refusal to provide live samples to intenational scientists working on a vaccine.
Specifically, the file notes that China began censoring news of the virus on search engines beginning Dec. 31, deleting terms including “SARS variation, “Wuhan Seafood market” and “Wuhan Unknown Pneumonia.”
Three days later, on Jan. 3, China’s National Health Commission, ordered virus samples to be both moved to designated testing services or destroyed, whereas concurrently imposing a “no-publication order” associated to the illness.
Perhaps most damningly, the dossier states that Chinese authorities denied that the virus may very well be unfold between people till Jan. 20, “regardless of proof of human-human transmission from early December.”
The dossier is equally unsparing about the World Health Organization (WHO), stating that it toed the Chinese line about human-to-human transmission regardless of the undeniable fact that”officers in Taiwan raised issues as early as December 31, as did specialists in Hong Kong on January 4.”
As of Friday night time, the WHO’s official Twitter account nonetheless featured a tweet from Jan. 14 that said: “Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) recognized in #Wuhan, #China.”
At the identical time, the dossier states that all through February, “Beijing [pressed] the US [sic], Italy, India, Australia, Southeast Asian neighbours and others not to protect themselves via travel restrictions, even as [China] imposes severe restrictions at home.”
At the identical time, the file states: “Millions of people [left] Wuhan after the outbreak and before Beijing lock[ed] down the city on January 23.”
The dossier continues the litany of Chinese defensiveness, stating: “As EU [European Union] diplomats prepare a report on the pandemic, [China] successfully presses Brussels to strike language on [China] disinformation.”
Similarly, “As Australia calls for an independent inquiry into the pandemic, [China] threatens to cut off trade with Australia. [China] has likewise responded furiously to US [sic] calls for transparency.”
The Telegraph report does present one point of divergence between the allied governments, with Australia believing the virus most likely originated in the Wuhan wet market and putting the chances it accidentally leaked from a lab at “5 %.”
By contrast, Fox News reported April 15 that U.S. intelligence officials are increasingly confident that coronavirus likely originated in a Wuhan lab as a consequence of China’s attempt to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States
President Trump said Thursday that he’s seen evidence suggesting the virus came from a lab after Fox News and others asked if he knew of anything that gave him confidence that the outbreak originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“Yes, I’ve,” he replied, “And, I feel that the World Health Organization must be ashamed of themselves as a result of they’re like the public relations company for China.”
Multiple sources previously told Fox News that it is believed standards in Wuhan were disregarded before the virus leaked, prompting Beijing to initiate a cover-up. Sources also claimed the WHO was complicit from the beginning in helping China cover its tracks.
The WHO and China have denied any wrongdoing.
The Telegraph also reported that key figures at the Wuhan Institute of Virology previously worked or trained in Australian government labs where they conducted research on pathogens in live bats as part of an ongoing partnership with the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
According to the dossier, the team’s work at the Wuhan lab involved discovering samples of coronavirus within a cave in Yunnan province and synthesizing a bat-derived coronavirus that could not be cured.
Fox News’ Bret Baier and Louis Casiano contributed to this report