The Intelligence Community released the conclusions of its COVID-19 origins report and the takeaway is that nobody really knows anything

Aug 28th

So the U.S. Intelligence Community has released a declassified summary of its investigations into the origins of SARS-Cov-2 and the big bad takeaway is, "Eh, nobody really knows one way or the other:"

The IC assesses that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, probably emerged and infected humans through an initial small-scale exposure that occurred no later than November 2019 with the first known cluster of COVID-19 cases arising in Wuhan, China in December 2019. In addition, the IC was able to reach broad agreement on several other key issues. We judge the virus was not developed as a biological weapon. Most agencies also assess with low confidence that SARS-CoV-2 probably was not genetically engineered; however, two agencies believe there was not sufficient evidence to make an assessment either way. Finally, the IC assesses China's officials did not have foreknowledge of the virus before the initial outbreak of COVID-19 emerged.

After examining all available intelligence reporting and other information, though, the IC remains divided on the most likely origin of COVID-19...

A bombshell report, to be sure! When the world's most powerful intelligence-gathering operation can't determine the origins of a coronavirus that first emerged a few kilometers from one of the world's most haphazardly-managed coronavirus laboratories, you know you've got a real mystery on your hands. But wait, why not just ask China what happened?

China's cooperation most likely would be needed to reach a conclusive assessment of the origins of COVID-19. Beijing, however, continues to hinder the global investigation, resist sharing information and blame other countries, including the United States

Well, maybe if the CIA asks really nicely, Beijing might start to cooperate. No promises, though.

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