The Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reissued his call on Wednesday for the Chinese government to “open up” and share what the origin of the Coronavirus is. Several studies have recently circulated through intelligence agencies which indicate that the origins of COVID-19 are the Wuhan lab, not the wet market.
“What we do know is we know that this virus originated in Wuhan, China,” Pompeo told “The Story.” “We know there is the Wuhan Institute of Virology just a handful of miles away from where the wet market was. There is still lots to learn. The United States government is working diligently to figure it out.”
Furthermore, Us officials are becoming increasingly confident that the origins of the Novel Coronavirus are not, in fact, the wet market which China pointed to as the origin, rather the Wuhan lab, which is nearly next-door. One simple reason is that the wet market, which China blames, does not sell bats.
Pompeo told MacCallum that “one of the best ways they [China] could find to cooperate would be to let the world in and to let the world’s scientists know exactly how this came to be; exactly how this virus began to spread.”
“[There were] a lot of cases [and] a lot of movement; a lot of travel around the world before the Chinese Communist Party came clean about what really transpired there,” the secretary of state continued. “These are the kinds of things that open governments [and] democracies don’t do. It’s why there’s such risk associated with the absence of transparency. We need it still today.”
MacCallum asked Pompeo about what impact these new reports and new developments may have on the future of Sino-American relations.
“Martha, I will say this: I’ve talked to my counterparts all across the world over the past handful of days. They all see this too. It’s very difficult to make the case that it was anything but absence of shared information in a timely fashion — it didn’t just put Americans at risk, It put people all across the world at risk,” Pompeo said.
“The Chinese government needs to come clean and needs to be accountable,” he added. “It needs to explain what happened and why it is the case that that information wasn’t made more broadly available.”
In addition to Mike Pompeo’s statements, exclusive sources told Fox News and other outlets that ‘this may be the “costliest government coverup of all time,”‘ also, the sources claim that the “patient-zero” worked at the laboratory, then went out into the population in Wuhan.
Furthermore, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that U.S. Embassy Officials warned in early January of 2018 about the inadequate safety at the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab; also, the U.S. Embassy passed along information about scientists conducting risky research on Coronavirus from bats.
Responding to the report, Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday afternoon: “It should be no surprise to you that we have taken a keen interest in that and we’ve had a lot of intelligence take a hard look at that. I would just say at this point, it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural, but we don’t know for certain.”
“Even today, I see them withholding information, and I think we need to do more to continue to press them to share,” Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday, referring to China. Esper added that he wouldn’t speak to “intelligence reporting,” but that “most people believe it began naturally — it was organic if you will. I think in due course, once we get through the pandemic, we’re in right now, there’ll be time to look back and really ascertain what happened and make sure we have a better understanding so we can prevent this in the future.”