The Biden administration has been slow to accept the possibility that the coronavirus pandemic may have originated from a laboratory leak in China. But now, a classified intelligence report obtained by the White House and key Congress members is making it increasingly clear that this scenario is likely.
The Wall Street Journal reports that according to the updated document from Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines’s office, both the United States Energy Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation are now saying there was likely an accident at a Chinese laboratory that caused the virus to spread.
Four other agencies and a national intelligence panel still believe it was more likely due to natural transmission, while two remain undecided. The Energy Department reportedly stated their judgment with “low confidence” when delivering their assessment.
This conclusion aligns with previous speculation about how this deadly virus got started, which Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) raised as far back as 2021. He noted then that the lab leak hypothesis was “always reasonable” but quickly denounced as a conspiracy theory by journalists and activists in white lab coats.
“Isn’t it strange that this once-in-a-century bat coronavirus pandemic just happened to emerge within a few miles of China’s biggest laboratory researching bat coronaviruses? Shouldn’t we at least look at that lab?” https://t.co/qjtCT61DGI
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) May 26, 2021
He said: “The common-sense case for a lab leak is the same as it was in January 2020, when I first mentioned the possibility.” U.S. officials have yet to reveal any details on what led them to change their stance so drastically on this issue, however, they have made it clear they take this information seriously and will be investigating further. The Chinese government remains silent on whether or not they plan to review their findings or if they will continue denying any involvement in creating or spreading this virus worldwide.