US intelligence agencies are divided

US intelligence agencies are divided

WASHINGTON – The U.S. intelligence community said Thursday it was divided over the exact origins of Covid-19 in China, a revelation that comes three months after President Joe Biden called for further examination.

“After reviewing all available intelligence reports and other information, however, the IC is divided over the most likely origin of COVID-19. All agencies believe two hypotheses are plausible: natural exposure to a infected animal and one outcome of a lab-connected incident, “the country’s 18 intelligence agencies wrote in the unclassified report.

An intelligence agency has reported a moderate belief that humans have been infected with the virus after a lab-related incident. Four agencies said they were unconvinced the virus had a natural origin, as reported. He did not name the agencies.

The report said the intelligence community would not be able to draw more definitive conclusions until more information was received.

Biden said in a statement after the report was released that the United States and its allies will continue to pressure China over what happened when Kovid began to spread.

“Critical information on the origins of this pandemic exists in the People’s Republic of China, but from the start Chinese government officials have worked to prevent international investigators and members of the global public health community from accessing it. , Biden said.

“The world deserves answers and I will not rest until we have answers,” the president said.

The report compiled by the office of the director of national intelligence found that the virus was not developed as a biological weapon. The intelligence community also assesses that Chinese officials did not anticipate the virus before the initial outbreak that led to the global pandemic.

In May, Biden ordered a full intelligence review of what he described as two possible scenarios for the origins of COVID-19.

NIH director Dr Francis Collins said in an interview with CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Monday that it was still not known whether the virus had leaked from the Wuhan lab, adding that the origin of the coronavirus from the ‘World Health Organization. The investigation went “back”.

“A lot of evidence from other perspectives says no, it was a natural virus,” Collins said. “Not to say that he couldn’t be secretly studied at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and left there, we don’t know. But the virus has no traces of being intentionally created by human labor. .. “

Collins says China’s refusal to participate made the WHO investigation difficult.

“I think China basically refused to consider another WHO investigation and just said ‘not interested’,” Collins told CNBC’s Squawk Box.

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