The House Oversight Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic has been investigating the numerous outstanding questions regarding the origins of the COVID-19 virus, the government’s response to it, the impact of US dollars that were illegally being funneled from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to the Wuhan lab, and the cover-up campaign that appears to have been undertaken by multiple people within the government and scientific communities.
This week, the committee wrote letters to CIA Director William Burns and former CIA Chief Operating Officer Andrew Makridis detailing whistleblower testimony it has received claiming the CIA paid monetary incentives to six agents on its Covid Discovery Team to change their position on the lab leak hypothesis.
The whistleblower’s identity is being protected, but they are reportedly a “multi-decade, senior-level, current Agency officer.” According to their testimony, the analysts believed the coronavirus originated in the Wuhan lab, a theory many on the Left tried to downplay as a ‘conspiracy theory’ and others within the government went to lengths to censor on social media.
The reasons for this seem pretty obvious. Fauci and the NIH had illegally been funding gain-of-function research in the Wuhan lab via a passthrough “nonprofit” called EcoHealth Alliance for some time. If the virus did originate in that lab, it’s highly possible its creation was funded by Fauci via our tax dollars—hence their apparently desperate need for it to have not originated there.
We know all this, and have known it since the spring of 2020 thanks to Freedom of Information Acts (FOIAs) filed by the White Coat Waste Project (where I am a Fellow), which had been investigating taxpayer funded gain-of-function research long before COVID-19 as it involves animal torture.
The agents were paid to instead say they believed the virus jumped from animals to humans, the popular narrative being pushed by “experts” and the government throughout most of 2020 and 2021.
The letter to Director Burns reads, “According to the whistleblower, the Agency assigned seven officers to a COVID Discovery Team (Team). The Team consisted of multi-disciplinary and experienced officers with significant scientific expertise. According to the whistleblower, at the end of its review, six of the seven members of the Team believed the intelligence and science were sufficient to make a low confidence assessment that COVID-19 originated from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.”
It continues, “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.”
Burns has until Sept. 26, 2023 to respond to the subcommittee’s request, which includes all documents and communications related to the Covid Team and the origins of the coronavirus, including its correspondence with relevant federal agencies and the Team’s pay history. Makridis of the CIA is also being asked to participate in a transcribed interview later this month due to the role he played in forming the COVID Team.
This is just the latest finding among many on the ways the US government appears to have worked in lockstep to keep the American public in the dark about what was happening to them and the role their government may have played in it all along—using their own tax dollars against them.
Earlier this summer, the committee published a report accusing Dr. Fauci of orchestrating a campaign to cover up the lab leak theory.
Meanwhile, emails show some of the most popular names behind the infamous “experts” of 2020 (namely scientist Kristian Andersen and colleagues he worked with to produce the now largely discredited ‘Proximal Origins’ report) manipulating the New York Times to achieve reporting on the origins they desired.
In February of 2020, Andersen wrote, “Accidental escape is in fact highly likely—it’s not some fringe theory,” but he then quickly changed his tune—drafting Proximal Origins with the heavy influence of Dr. Fauci. Documents have since revealed Andersen had an $8.9 million grant request sitting on the desk of the NIH at the time.
“At the CIA we are committed to the highest standards of analytic rigor, integrity, and objectivity. We do not pay analysts to reach specific conclusions,” CIA Director of Public Affairs Tammy Kupperman Thorp told the New York Post in a statement. “We take these allegations extremely seriously and are looking into them. We will keep our Congressional oversight committees appropriately informed.”
The FBI and the Department of Energy have reached separate conclusions that the virus likely originated in the Wuhan lab. Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe told Congress that the so-called ‘lab leak theory’ was the ‘only’ credible explanation for the pandemic.
“My informed assessment as a person with as much access as anyone to our government’s intelligence … has been and continues to be that a lab leak is the only explanation credibly supported by our intelligence, by science and by common sense,” Ratcliffe told the special committee in a hearing. He continued, “If our intelligence and evidence supporting a lab leak was placed side by side with our intelligence and evidence pointing to a natural origins or spillover theory, the lab leak side of the ledger would be long, convincing, even overwhelming — while the spillover side would be nearly empty and tenuous.”
As for the CIA they say they, “remain unable to determine the precise origin of the COVID-19 pandemic, as both hypotheses rely on significant assumptions or face challenges with conflicting reporting.”
Hannah is a Fellow at the White Coat Waste Project, a free market animal welfare seeking to end taxpayer-funded animal torture.