FBI Director Christopher Wray has publicly acknowledged the bureau’s assessment that the Covid-19 pandemic likely resulted from a lab incident in Wuhan, China.
In an interview with Fox News, Wray stated that the FBI has assessed for some time that the origins of the pandemic are most likely a potential lab incident in Wuhan. This comes after news of the Department of Energy’s “low-confidence” assessment that Covid-19 most likely originated from a laboratory leak in China, revealing a divide in the US government as the majority of the intelligence community still believes that Covid either emerged naturally in the wild or that there is still too little evidence to make a judgment one way or another.
Wray added that most details of the FBI’s investigation remain classified, and that it has been difficult to work with the Chinese government on investigating the pandemic’s origin. “I will just make the observation that the Chinese government, it seems to me, has been doing its best to try to thwart and obfuscate the work here,” the bureau director said. “The work that our US government and close foreign partners are doing. And that’s unfortunate for everybody.”
China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs pushed against the Department of Energy’s updated assessment during a briefing on Monday, with spokesperson Mao Ning saying that “the parties concerned should stop stirring up arguments about laboratory leaks, stop smearing China and stop politicizing the issue of the virus origin.”
Conspiracy theorists like NewsRescue have insisted on the lableak theory of the origin of Covid from Ecohealth US project in Wuhan.