The Chinese Communist Party has been accused of going into cover-up mode from the moment the world found out that a dangerous new virus had emerged in Wuhan. But that may not be strictly true.

In fact, it’s now argued, the CCP was lying and covering up for months before the world had any inkling that something was amiss in Wuhan. Former president Donald Trump now claims there were body bags outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology, while former secretary of state Mike Pompeo claims that intelligence points to an outbreak at the Institute as early as five months before China notified the WHO of an outbreak, supposedly at the nearby “wet market”.

The Wuhan Institute of ­Virology purchased a coronavirus testing PCR machine on November 6, 2019 in a spending spree that also involved beefing up its security, replacing its air-ventilation system and buying a new air medical waste incinerator. The spending spree kicked off on September 12, 2019 – the very same day that the ­institute deleted its virus database containing the genetic sequences of 22,000 coronaviruses.

Tender documents for the PCR purchase were virtually expunged from the internet but subsequently recovered by a cyber security firm.

Also on September 12, the day the institute pulled its virus database offline, it put out a tender for security services worth about $US128,000.

On October 18, the Wuhan Institute of Virology put out a tender for a security-monitoring system. Ultimately, it spent more than half a million dollars on new security.

Former US Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe points to the PCR purchase as “compelling evidence” for the “lab-leak theory”.

Trump’s claim of dead bodies outside the Institute is less firm: in typical Trumpian fashion, the former president states that he was “hearing stories, that you have also, that there were lots of body bags outside of the lab”, but is unable to say where he sourced the information. Mike Pompeo says he is unable to directly confirm the claim, but does indicate that the US was keeping a watch on the Institute.

Trump also claims that “patient zero” may have been a scientist who was infected in the lab and passed it on to his girlfriend over lunch. Whatever the truth, it’s notable that the scientists suspected of being in the first cluster of infections have apparently been “disappeared” by the CCP.

Mr Ratcliffe said the intelligence indicated Wuhan Institute of Virology workers fell sick with Covid-19 in October 2019 – not November, as The Australian first reported in March this year.

He said the intelligence indicated they were the first cluster of the pandemic and some had now gone missing […] Asked if these sick scientists survived or died, Mr Ratcliffe said: “What I can say is that, from the ­intelligence perspective, we know that some of the people who were most involved – either infected, or reporting on, or whistleblowing on, or trying to get answers and journalists reporting on – have been difficult to track down later, at least from my time there.

“And so I think that’s consistent with what the Chinese Communist Party does.”

We know that the CCP are inveterate liars. So, it seems, are their useful idiots in the Washington Deep State.

Mr Ratcliffe also revealed that much of what scientists such as Anthony Fauci and EcoHealth ­Alliance president Peter Daszak was telling the US intelligence agencies proved to be incorrect.

“We looked at what certain scientists were saying, matching it with intelligence,” he said.

“And when it didn’t match up, we were questioning it. As we looked more closely at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, what a lot of scientists like Dr Fauci and Peter Daszak were saying was, ‘There’s no live bats there, there’s no gain of function research there, there’s no military there’. And we had intelligence telling us that all of those things were occurring there.”

We know for a fact that both claims were patently untrue.

And still the Deep State is covering its arse.

The former head of British spy agency MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove, said in the Sky documentary that he was advised not to get involved in this issue by senior figures in the British agencies.

The Australian

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Just How Early Did China’s Cover-up Begin?

Lushington D. Brady

Punk rock philosopher. Liberalist contrarian. Grumpy old bastard. I grew up in a generational-Labor-voting family. I kept the faith long after the political left had abandoned it. In last decade or...