Only a few days after President Donald Trump, for the first time, informed the media that he had a “high level of confidence” that the novel coronavirus came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology and not, as previously believed, from a wet market in the city, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed to ABC News that there is “enormous evidence” pointing to this being the case.
In their coverage of this controversy, the media has been predictably deceitful, conflating two separate issues: Whether the virus came from the lab and whether the virus was genetically engineered by humans. The intelligence community has been clear that all available evidence shows that the virus is a natural one, and that it was not genetically modified by scientists. Using this bit of information, the media has tried to paint Trump as a liar, accusing China of something that his own intelligence community disputes. But this isn’t the case. Two things can be true: The virus can be natural and it could have leaked from the Institute of Virology. Indeed, this is increasingly likely.
“Martha, there’s enormous evidence that that’s where this began,” Pompeo said on Sunday. “We have said from the beginning, that this was a virus that originated in Wuhan, China. We took a lot of grief for that from the outset. But I think the whole world can see now. Remember, China has a history of infecting the world, and they have a history of running sub-standard laboratories. These are not the first times that we have had the world exposed to viruses as a result of failures in a Chinese lab.”
Few will be surprised to learn that China disputes this theory of the case. In an editorial published in Monday’s CCP-controlled Global Times, the communists said that Pompeo had “stunned the world with groundless accusations.”
“Since Pompeo said his claims are supported by ‘enormous evidence,’ then he should present this so-called evidence to the world, and especially to the American public who he continually tries to fool,” the editorial said. “The truth is that Pompeo does not have any evidence, and during Sunday’s interview, he was bluffing.”
Well, it will be a cold day in hell before we ever accept Beijing’s word for what “the truth” is; they’ve earned themselves the distrust of the global community for at least the next decade. Whether or not this virus came from their laboratory or their wet markets, their early coverup comes to the same. Either way, the fact remains that their inaction cost the world tens of thousands of lives. Nothing about the coronavirus’s origins – be it a bowl of bat soup or a petri dish – will change that.