Top US General: China's 'Cover-up' Thwarting Investigation into COVID Origin
'We need to know as a nation'
A top U.S. military officer has slammed the Chinese government's "cover-up," warning it is hampering the investigation into the origins of the coronavirus.
Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, weighed in on the probe:
"The weight of evidence seems to indicate natural, but we don’t know for certain."
"My opinion hasn't changed because I haven't seen any different evidence," Milley said.
"What I said a year ago, it's still true today.
"It's inconclusive, we don't know."
He added that they still don't know the origins of COVID-19 because of the Chinese government.
"Once this virus started appearing, there seems to have been a fair amount of activity or cover-up or lack of transparency, probably the best way to put it, and all of that is disturbing.
"So we need to get to the bottom of it. That’s clear."
"I think that the president is exactly right; we need to get to the bottom of it."
On Wednesday that Joe Biden's team shut down an investigation into the source of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Neon Nettle reported:
Last fall, then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo led a State Department investigation to China's role in the possible manufacturing of the coronavirus.
The probe sought to answer whether China's biological weapons program may have leaked the virus and triggered the global pandemic.
But the investigation was met with internal opposition by those concerned it was part of a political effort by the Trump administration to blame China for the virus, sources told CNN on Tuesday.
Former New York Times staff writer, Nicholas Wade, said the World Health Organization commission sent to China to probe the virus was "heavily controlled" by the Chinese government.
Wade doubts the pandemic spread naturally.
"What became clear was that the Chinese had no evidence to offer the commission in support of the natural emergence theory," Wade said.
But Wade admits:
"Neither the natural emergence nor the lab escape hypothesis can yet be ruled out. There is still no direct evidence for either. So no definitive conclusion can be reached."
A fact sheet issued by the State Department said:
"The U.S. government has reason to believe that several researchers inside the [Wuhan Institute of Virology] became sick in autumn 2019, before the first identified case of the outbreak, with symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illnesses."
Milley emphasized the importance of finding the origins of the virus:
"We need to know as a nation," he said.
"We need to know as a world because the scale and scope of this pandemic was enormous. It still is enormous."
"The failure to get our inspectors on the ground in those early months will always hamper any investigation into the origin of COVID-19," Biden said Wednesday.
The news comes after Facebook announced it was lifting its ban on posts about COVID-19 potentially being manmade and will limit censorship of theories about the coronavirus possibly originating from a Chinese Communist Party laboratory.