The ‘lab leak theory’ grows legs thanks to private citizen investigations

While China and even the U.S. government will probably never admit that COVID-19 originated in a Wuhan, China laboratory, a growing body of evidence is definitely leaning that way.

According to the Washington Examiner, former Trump National Security Council adviser Matthew Pottinger revealed at a recent conference that the circumstantial evidence that the virus was accidentally leaked from a Chinese lab is “accumulating pretty rapidly” thanks to work done by private citizens, including scientists. 

“List of evidence”

Speaking with author Lawrence Wright, Pottinger made clear that it appears as if the lab leak theory is the most likely culprit.

“I’ve looked at the ledger of circumstantial evidence on both sides,” Pottinger said. “I would say that the list of evidence accumulating on the side that this was an accidental leak far outweighs the circumstantial evidence on the side that this time it was another natural origin.”

He went on to explain that while Bejing seems to work tirelessly to keep investigators out of the situation, even the Chinese government could be outmatched by the sheer number of private citizens and scientists attempting to get to the bottom of the matter once and for all.

“The things that are emerging from the public space, from enterprising scientists and others who are digging into this, just really as private detectives … the circumstantial evidence is certainly accumulating pretty rapidly on the side of this having been an accidental leak,” Pottinger added.

Pottinger went on to point out several examples of those outside of the intelligence realm digging up important leads and clues.

DRASTIC

One of those examples came last week via an internet sleuth group known as DRASTIC, which is short for “Decentralized Radical Autonomous Search Team Investigating COVID-19.”

Members of the group revealed that they’d obtained documents that showed EcoHealth Alliance’s Peter Daszak attempted to secure a Pentagon contract in 2018 that involved “gain-of-function research,” which is the type of research that can make viruses more lethal or do things that naturally it wouldn’t be able to.

In an earlier report, the Examiner noted that Daszak, roughly a year prior to the pandemic, submitted a $14.2 million grant proposal to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to begin research on combining spike proteins with viruses from bats in order to make them able to bind to human cells.

“I highly suspect that the intel community was not aware that the Wuhan Institute of Virology had submitted a grant proposal to create a virus very similar to the one that’s making us all sick,” Pottinger added.

Only time will tell if America — and the world — ever finds out the true reason why COVID-19 came into existence like it did, but it’s clear at this point that there are still thousands of people who haven’t given up trying. Perhaps it’s only a matter of time.

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