US agency concludes that lab leak now most likely origin of Covid-19 pandemic: report

The U.S. Department of Energy has reportedly concluded that the COVID pandemic most likely originated via a lab leak of some sort.

This stunning, bombshell discovery was listed in a “classified intelligence report” that was recently presented to the White House and to certain members of Congress, according to The Wall Street Journal.

“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 U.S. national laboratories, some of which conduct advanced biological research,” the Journal reported.

This means at least two agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, believe the lab leak theory is legitimate.

“The FBI previously came to the conclusion that the pandemic was likely the result of a lab leak in 2021 with ‘moderate confidence’ and still holds to this view,” the Journal notes.

However, four other agencies, in addition to a national intelligence panel, have ruled that the pandemic most likely originated via natural transmission.

Two other agencies meanwhile are “undecided.”

As for the DoE, it reportedly reached its conclusion with “low confidence.” In fairness, when the National Intelligence Council ruled that the pandemic origin via natural transmission, it did so with “low confidence” as well.

News of the DoE’s ruling has caused quite a stir on social media, with lab leak theory proponents saying that it’s definitive proof that all the so-called “conspiracy theorists” were right all along.

“Everything we were called conspiracy theorists and horrible racists for saying … was TRUE. Every single thing. Vindication is not enough. We need apologies. We need our lives back,” one proponent wrote.

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Most proponents of the theory suspect the virus leaked specifically from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The reason why is because the first cases of COVID seemingly emerged in a nearby wet market. Proponents believe the virus escaped the lab and then infected the wet market and over time wound up spreading to the entire world.

Proponents are buoyed in their theory by evidence showing that U.S. health agencies granted the Wuhan lab money to study bat viruses.

That being said, proponents of the theory have faced massive backlash, mockery, and censorship from the establishment left and their allies in big tech and big media.

For a long time, for example, Facebook censored all lab-leak theory discussions on behalf of the establishment. That finally changed in May of 2021, when the social media platform reversed the policy.

The reversal prompted praise but also criticism from those who accused the platform of having censored the lab-leak theory on behalf of government, namely the Biden administration.

“The shift is better late than never, but note the apparent implication: While a political or scientific claim is disfavored by government authorities, Facebook will limit its reach. When government reduces its hostility toward an idea, so will Facebook,” the Journal’s own editorial board wrote at the time.

“In 2019 a wiser Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook CEO, said ‘I don’t think it’s right for a private company to censor politicians or the news in a democracy.’ If he’d stuck to that spirit instead of bending to pressure, he’d have avoided this embarrassment, and the more like it that are sure to come,” the board added.

Vivek Saxena

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