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The Covid pandemic likely began because of a leak from a Chinese laboratory, concluded the US Energy Department in a recent classified intelligence report.
The Wall Street Journal reports, “The Energy Department’s conclusion is the result of new intelligence and is significant because the agency has considerable scientific expertise and oversees a network of US national laboratories, some of which conduct advanced biological research.”
On CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said he “can’t confirm or deny” the intelligence report.
In 2021, the FBI arrived at the lab leak determination with “moderate confidence” and maintains that view through today. The Energy Department had been undecided on the virus’ origins until its recent conclusions, which they arrived at with “low confidence.” Their conclusions were provided to select members of Congress and the White House via the classified intelligence report. Officials told the Wall Street Journal they were unclear if an unclassified version would be made available.
The Energy Department’s judgment was added as an update to a 2021 document out of the office of Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence on Covid’s origins.
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