Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Senator Tom Cotton declared that it is “reasonable” to conclude that China is covering up a lab leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, given the country’s previous actions and its refusal to cooperate with investigations.
“I think all of the evidence points towards those labs in Wuhan, and if we find out that that’s the origins of this virus, then China really needs to pay,” Cotton urged.
“They haven’t paid enough yet for unleashing this plague on the world,” the Senator added.
“I don’t think that China’s going to reveal what happened in those labs anytime soon. I think they’re going to continue to try to cover it up, and if that’s the case, I think it’s reasonable for the American people to draw the conclusion that China is covering up an accident in those labs,” he concluded.
China has reacted to the renewed scrutiny of the lab leak theory by suggesting (again) that it was really the US that leaked the virus from Fort Detrick.
State newspaper, The Global Times, also published an op-ed Sunday comparing analysis of the evidence to the search for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) in Iraq.
The piece also warned that Washington “could meet its Waterloo in this battle,” and predicting the US intelligence Community will “produce a slanderous report that is in line with the US’ anti-China campaign’”.
“The US government is full of arrogance and disrespects the first-phase work report of the WHO expert group,” the piece further proclaimed.
A previous investigation of the Wuhan lab carried out by the World Health Organization was so limited in its scope that representatives visited for just three hours, asked researchers a limited number of questions, left and then announced the investigation absolved China of blame.
The WHO has since focused its efforts on making sure no one is offended by the names given to the virus. This effort has been renewed with the announcement that the mutant variants of the virus will no longer be referred to by the name of the country they originated in, and instead will be given letters from the Greek alphabet.
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