Pompeo: 'Significant Evidence' Coronavirus Came from Wuhan Lab
'I will look forward to seeing their reports and analysis'
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted the World Health Organization (WHO) after they made the decision to drop investigations into whether the coronavirus originated from a lab in Wuhan, China.
During an interview on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom," Pompeo asserted that “not a thing” has changed his belief about the origin of the virus due to "significant evidence.”
“I must say the reason we left the World Health Organization was because we came to believe that it was corrupt," Pompeo said.
"It had been politicized. It was bending a knee to General Secretary Xi Jinping in China,” Pompeo outlined.
“I hope that’s not the case here with what they have announced today," he added.
"I will look forward to seeing their reports and analysis. But I don’t believe it’s the case that they got access that they needed.”
“I hope that they got to see all the data and science, into the lab, talk to the doctors, interview them … in private in places where they could actually tell the truth about what took place, not under the supervision of a communist party person sitting in the back of the room making sure that they toed the communist party line."
"So, I look forward to seeing their results."
"I continue to know there was significant evidence, Bill, that this may well have come from that laboratory.”
Co-host Bill Hemmer replied:
“So, nothing has changed in your view that it came from the lab?”
“Not a thing,” Pompeo concluded.
WHO food safety and animal diseases expert Peter Ben Embarek claimed COVID-19 was likely spread from an animal to humans.
"Our initial findings suggest that the introduction through an intermediary host species is the most likely pathway and one that will require more studies and more specific, targeted research," Embarek told reporters.
"However, the findings suggest that the laboratory incidents hypothesis is extremely unlikely to explain the introduction of the virus to the human population," Embarek said.
"Therefore, it is not a hypothesis that we advise to suggest future studies ... into the understanding of the origin of the virus."
China initially blocked WHO investigators from entering Wuhan for months.
Investigators were only allowed into the city in mid-January of this year.