A leaked US intelligence report says China lied about human-to-human transmission of coronavirus, made whistleblowers disappear – and refused to help develop a vaccine.
The 15 page document, drawn up by the ‘Five Eyes’ global security alliance of the the United States, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada says China’s communist government launched ‘an assault on international transparency’ in its attempts to cover-up the pandemic.
That document was leaked to Australia’s Saturday Telegraph newspaper, and is also said to have found evidence that Covid-19 leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Metro reports.
Earlier this week the US Intelligence Service confirmed that Covid-19 was not man-made or genetically engineered, and said it was continuing to investigate whether the killer virus had accidentally leaked from a lab.
Chinese virology expert Dr Shi Zhengli’s research into potentially deadly bat viruses – like Covid-19 – previously alarmed western governments, amid claims of poor safety procedures at the now-notorious virology lab.
China is said to have played down the outbreak during its early stages while trying to destroy all evidence of Covid-19, including lab samples.
It’s government is further said to have censored internet posts about person-to-person transmission as early as December last year. Officials reportedly confirmed coronavirus could spread between people, but did not officially confirm that risk until January 20 this year.
On January 3, the Chinese National Health Commission is said to have ordered all samples of Covid-19 destroyed and issued a ‘no publication’ order about the virus, while stonewalling request from other governments around the world for further information.
Chinese government officials are also said to have ordered a deep clean of Wuhan’s wet market – where Covid-19 reportedly began to spread after leaking from the neighboring virology lab – in a bid to cover up how the new virus had begun to spread.
Donald Trump indicated he’d seen intelligence to that effect during a White House press conference on Thursday, amid claims Chinese researchers were performing risky experiments on bat viruses – such as Covid 19 – at the institute – without proper safety procedures.
The leaked paper is also said to share how millions of people were able to leave Wuhan between the virus emerging and the city being put on total lockdown, with those travelers helping spread the virus around the world. It said: ‘Millions of people leave Wuhan after the outbreak and before Beijing locks down the city on January 23.
‘Thousands fly overseas. Throughout February, Beijing presses the US, Italy, India, Australia, Southeast Asian neighbors and others not to protect themselves via travel restrictions, even as the PRC imposes severe restrictions at home.’
The new report is certain to intensify pressure on western governments to impose severe sanctions on the Chinese government, with Covid-19 so-far infecting at least 3.35million people across the world and killing close to 240,000.
China, which has a population of 1.4 billion people, is widely believed to have vastly underreported its own diagnoses – which it claims stands at just over 88,000 – and 4,000 deaths.
On Friday, new White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany shared the president’s ‘displeasure’ towards China, but said it was not her place to be drawn on possible sanctions.
President Trump has mooted the idea of imposing $1.2trillion tariffs on Chinese goods in a bid to help rebuild the United States’ shattered economy. China’s government has repeatedly denied the claims made against it, and even speculated that the United States had planted the virus in Wuhan itself.