U.S. Government Report from 2020 Acknowledged Possible COVID-19 ‘Lab Leak’ Theory

A report from the United States government, which still remains classified, acknowledged back in May of 2020 that there was a strong possibility that the COVID-19 coronavirus did originate from a virology lab in China, as reported by the New York Post.

The report comes from a study conducted on behalf of the government by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a biodefense research facility funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Although the report still remains classified, its existence was reported last week by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, with Vanity Fair also referring to it in a subsequent story.

According to the Vanity Fair report, the study led to the State Department reactivating an investigation into the virus’s possible origins, carried out by the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance. However, officials at the Department of Energy allegedly tried to block the State Department investigation, even refusing to allow the report’s authors to speak with State Department officials.

Although Joe Biden officially ended the State Department investigation shortly after taking office, he reversed course and ordered a new investigation by the intelligence community to determine the origins of the virus, after new evidence was recently unearthed giving further credence to the “lab leak” theory.

In recent weeks, support has been growing for the theory that the virus did not suddenly begin naturally, but instead was the result of testing in the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is known to experiment with lethal viruses and had been confirmed to be working with bat coronaviruses prior to the outbreak. It had also emerged that the United States’ National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), led by Anthony Fauci, had provided “gain of function” research funding to the Wuhan lab for years prior to the COVID outbreak, despite Fauci claiming under oath that they had never done so.

Among others, former President Donald Trump publicly called over the weekend for China to pay reparations to the United States over the nearly 600,000 deaths caused by the coronavirus, if it is confirmed that China is responsible for the leak of the virus.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

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