The Washington Post Disproves the Washington Post

Washington Post Apr 14, 2020

From Geraldo:

He's talking about this new Washington Post piece (archive). It has a lot of information in it, despite a sever lack of sources. The bombshell though? The wet market release is likely BS. From the article:

Two years before the novel coronavirus pandemic upended the world, U.S. Embassy officials visited a Chinese research facility in the city of Wuhan several times and sent two official warnings back to Washington about inadequate safety at the lab, which was conducting risky studies on coronaviruses from bats. The cables have fueled discussions inside the U.S. government about whether this or another Wuhan lab was the source of the virus — even though conclusive proof has yet to emerge.

If the cables are true - which we haven't seen - the US Embassy was concerned about lack of security at the lab. And, the lab was experimenting with coronaviruses.

“During interactions with scientists at the WIV [Wuhan Institute of Virology] laboratory, they noted the new lab has a serious shortage of appropriately trained technicians and investigators needed to safely operate this high-containment laboratory,” states the Jan. 19, 2018, cable, which was drafted by two officials from the embassy’s environment, science and health sections who met with the WIV [Wuhan Institute of Virology] scientists.

And, the lab discovered something interesting.

“Most importantly,” the cable states, “the researchers also showed that various SARS-like coronaviruses can interact with ACE2, the human receptor identified for SARS-coronavirus. This finding strongly suggests that SARS-like coronaviruses from bats can be transmitted to humans to cause SARS-like diseases."

SARS-CoV-2 binds to ACE2. Very interesting, if true, which we can't verify. However, the idea is that it was a release from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. An idea I talked about earlier this month.

But, I want to take a look back in time to the Washington Post in January. The title of the article? Experts debunk fringe theory linking China’s coronavirus to weapons research (Archive). It was published on January 29th. What does it say?

Some of the speculation has centered on a virology institute in Wuhan, the city where the outbreak began. One fringe theory holds that the disaster could be the accidental result of biological weapons research.

Ahh, a fringe theory. Back to the article:

The British newspaper Daily Mail was among the first to suggest the possibility of a link between the newly spreading virus and the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory, reporting last week that the lab, which opened in 2014 and is part of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, had been the subject of safety concerns in the past.
A separate article published by the Washington Times, a conservative newspaper in Washington, took the theories a step further, suggesting in a headline that the “Coronavirus may have originated in lab linked to China’s biowarfare program” and pointing to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Then, they go on to disprove these claims:

The Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory is a “Cellular Level Biosafety Level 4” facility, which means it has a high level of operational security and is authorized to work on dangerous pathogens, including Ebola.
Those entering the level 4 lab use airlocks and protective suits. Waste, and even air, is heavily filtered and cleaned before leaving the facility.
“Based on the virus genome and properties there is no indication whatsoever that it was an engineered virus,” said Richard Ebright, a professor of chemical biology at Rutgers University.
“Wuhan Institute of Virology is a world-class research institution that does world-class research in virology and immunology,” Ebright said, noting that one specialty of the facility was researching coronaviruses transmitted by bats.

They cite other experts too, showing a complete lack of evidence for the theory. So, that's disproven then. Sorry, Washington Post, experts speaking to the Washington Post disproved your article more than 2 months ago.