A whistleblower from within the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has come forward with claims that could potentially reshape our understanding of the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The whistleblower alleges the CIA manipulated its own analysts into denying the possibility that the virus originated from a lab in Wuhan, China.
The whistleblower, a veteran officer serving at a senior level within the agency, recently testified before Congress, alleging the CIA had offered ‘significant monetary incentives’ to its own analysts to alter their stance on the origins of the virus.
This bombshell report was brought to light by two Republican congressmen, Mike Turner and Brad Wenstrup, both from Ohio, who lead the Intelligence and COVID committees respectively.
BREAKING: A whistleblower has come forward alleging the CIA offered officials a significant amount of money to say that COVID did *not* come out of the lab in Wuhan.
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According to the whistleblower, the CIA assigned seven officers to a special task force known as the COVID Discovery Team.
At the conclusion of their investigation, six out of the seven officers believed the intelligence pointed towards a low-confidence assessment that the virus indeed originated from a lab in Wuhan.
However, the seventh member, who was the most senior on the team, held the belief that the virus had evolved naturally.
In an alarming twist, the whistleblower alleges the six officers who believed in the lab-origin theory were then offered a ‘significant monetary incentive’ to change their position.
Despite these allegations, the CIA has refused to make a formal assessment of the origins of the virus, even with low confidence, citing significant assumptions and conflicting reporting.
In response to these revelations, Congressmen Turner and Wenstrup have written a letter to CIA Director William Burns, demanding all documents related to the matter.
They set a deadline of September 26 for the CIA to turn over all records involving the COVID Discovery Team and all communications with the FBI, State Department, Health and Human Services, and Energy Department about the matter.
The lawmakers have threatened to issue subpoenas if the agencies do not comply.
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These allegations come at a time when the origins of the virus remain a contentious issue.
The Department of Energy, which oversees biological research labs in the U.S., concluded with ‘low confidence’ earlier this year that the virus most likely came from a lab in Wuhan.
The FBI reached the same conclusion with moderate confidence. However, five other intelligence bodies concluded natural transmission was more likely.
The whistleblower’s claims added fuel to the ongoing debate over the origins of the virus, which claimed the lives of around seven million people worldwide since 2020.
These allegations, if proven true, could have far-reaching implications for our understanding of the pandemic and the role of our intelligence agencies in shaping the narrative around it.