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The US Secretary of State said there is ‘enormous evidence’ that the originated in a Wuhan lab that failed to contain the virus.
Mike Pompeo told ABC’s ‘This Week’ on Sunday that the US has gathered evidence that supports a theory that coronavirus came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, not a nearby wet market, which had previously been suspected to be where the virus may have originated.
‘There’s enormous evidence that that’s where this began. We have said from the beginning, that this was a virus that originated in Wuhan, China,’ Pompeo said.
‘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,’ he continued.
Pompeo’s explosive statement comes days after The Office of the Director of US National Intelligence Thursday that it was investigating the origin of the outbreak, which has killed over 68,000 Americans and at least 247,000 worldwide. US intelligence said it was looking into two possibilities: Whether the outbreak began because of exposure to wild animals or if it was because of a laboratory accident in Wuhan.
The intelligence community recently concluded that the virus was ‘not man-made or genetically modified’ and Pompeo said Sunday that he has no reason to doubt the consensus.
‘I’ve seen what the intelligence community has said. I have no reason to believe that they’ve got it wrong,’ he said.
Last week, Trump said that he has seen evidence that gives him a ‘high degree of confidence’ that the outbreak began in the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which houses China’s only Biosafety-level-4 laboratory.
‘Yes I have,’ the president said, but added that he was ‘not allowed to tell’ anyone about the evidence.
Trump has consistently insisted that China downplayed or concealed important information about the virus and demanded Beijing be held ‘accountable.’