Biden Shut Down Trump Effort to Trace Coronavirus to Chinese Lab
China says, "Jump" and Biden asks, "How high" and also, "What's Hunter's cut".
And since the Democrats and their Big Tech allies had been working hard to suppress any suggestion that the coronavirus was anything but a natural phenomenon, suppressing an effort to expose the People's Republic of China was second nature.
Those involved in the previously undisclosed inquiry, which was launched last fall by allies of then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, say it was an honest effort to probe what many initially dismissed: that China's biological weapons program could have had a greater role in the pandemic's origin in Wuhan, according to two additional sources.
The decision to terminate the inquiry, which was run primarily out of the State Department's arms control and verification bureau, was made after Biden officials were briefed on the team's draft findings in February and March of this year, a State Department spokesperson said. Questions were raised about the legitimacy of the findings and the project was deemed to be an ineffective use of resources, explained a source familiar with the decision.
And you know how much the federal government hates "ineffective use of resources".
This spin is coming from CNN, but the issue here was ideological, not effectiveness or, even more absurdly, politicization, from the same regime shoving critical race theory in every organizational orifice.
Pompeo put out a statement as the Trump administration was leaving office that said the US had determined collaboration between the Wuhan lab where Covid-19 research has been conducted on bats, and secret Chinese military projects. The process behind declassifying the intelligence in that statement took weeks, and certain details were scrubbed from the final version which was put out, sources familiar with the process told CNN.
When the Biden administration took office, it did not see any significant doubts in the datapoints featured in the fact sheet Pompeo put out, according to one source familiar. The information was vetted by the intelligence community but it was also a select few datapoints from a mountain of data in what the Biden administration viewed as a deliberate effort to put more weight into the lab leak theory while they ignored information suggesting the virus spread naturally from animals to human
"It appears we do not understand the emergence of Covid-19 any better than we did 6-9 months ago. The world needs to learn as much as possible about the earliest days of the Covid-19 pandemic to better prepare our governments, our people, and our public health institutions for the next health crisis," the State Department spokesperson said.
And doing that requires actual intelligence work, instead of censoring critics of China.
But there's 10 percent for the 'Big Guy'.