A news outlet in Australia got hold of a ‘five eyes’ intelligence dossier on what we know about the virus and how China lied to the world.
Some of it we already know. Some of it will make the blood boil.
We already knew about the suppression and destruction of evidence…
The 15-page research document, obtained by The Saturday Telegraph, lays the foundation for the case of negligence being mounted against China.
It states that to the “endangerment of other countries” the Chinese government covered-up news of the virus by silencing or “disappearing” doctors who spoke out, destroying evidence of it in laboratories and refusing to provide live samples to international scientists who were working on a vaccine. — DailyTelegraph
Yep. We pretty much knew that. Check.
What else have they got?
We already knew about the disinformation campaign…
Its major themes include the “deadly denial of human-to-human transmission”, the silencing or “disappearing” of doctors and scientists who spoke out, the destruction of evidence of the virus from genomic studies laboratories, and “bleaching of wildlife market stalls”, along with the refusal to provide live virus samples to international scientists working on a vaccine.
Key figures of the Wuhan Institute of Virology team, who feature in the government dossier, were either trained or employed in the CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory where they conducted foundational research on deadly pathogens in live bats, including SARS, as part of an ongoing partnership between the CSIRO and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. — DailyTelegraph
A good list, but still on familiar territory. Do we have something new?
But we had only speculated about this…
It can also be revealed the Australian government trained and funded a team of Chinese scientists who belong to a laboratory which went on to genetically modify deadly coronaviruses that could be transmitted from bats to humans and had no cure, and is not the subject of a probe into the origins of COVID-19.
As intelligence agencies investigate whether the virus inadvertently leaked from a Wuhan laboratory, the team and its research led by scientist Shi Zhengli feature in the dossier prepared by Western governments that points to several studies they conducted as areas of concern.
It cites their work discovering samples of coronavirus from a cave in the Yunnan province with striking genetic similarity to COVID-19, along with their research synthesising a bat-derived coronavirus that could not be treated.
OK, that IS new. Especially the parts we added bold to.
Seems news-y, even.
That meshes with a few official opinions we’ve heard from scientists who studied the viral genetics.
And the one comparing some particular structures in HIV their counterparts in Coronavirus was especially interesting. Especially if the goal was to have ‘untreatable’ versions of the illness.