- Pompeo reiterated, "the best experts so far seem to think it was man-made."
- President Trump also said he had seen evidence that the virus was manufactured in a laboratory in Wuhan.
- Most experts believe that the virus originated from a market in Wuhan that sells wild animals, and that the virus sprung from an animal to a human being.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo now claims that the coronavirus was manufactured in a laboratory in Wuhan, China. During an interview on ABC’s “This Week” program on Sunday, Pompeo said, “I can tell you that there is a significant amount of evidence that this came from that laboratory in Wuhan.”
He reiterated, “the best experts so far seem to think it was man-made.” The Secretary of State also criticized China on what he described as careless handling of the pandemic. He, however, didn’t want to guess whether China deliberately spread the virus to the masses. It may very well have happened by mistake, Pompeo speculated.
“These are not the first times that we’ve had a world exposed to viruses as a result of failures in a Chinese lab,” Pompeo said. “And so, while the intelligence community continues to do its work, they should continue to do that, and verify so that we are certain, I can tell you that there is a significant amount of evidence that this came from that laboratory in Wuhan.”
However, Pompeo in his assertion does not provide any evidence, and he does not substantiate his claim with any new information of any kind. In recent days, US leaders have stepped up the war against China in relation to the coronavirus crisis. The US President, Donald Trump, and now Pompeo, also accused China of misleading the world by hiding how serious the outbreak of Covid-19 was in Wuhan, and subsequently lying about the real numbers of infected and dead people.
Pompeo’s sentiments come after President Trump also said he had seen evidence that the virus was manufactured in a laboratory in Wuhan. Trump and Pompeo’s statements go against those that have so far been released by the US intelligence service about the origin of the virus. The Director of National Intelligence has previously said that it is still investigating the exact origin of the deadly virus. However, he sought to assure people that it was not “man-made or genetically modified.”
In a press release issued on April 30, the ODNI (Office of the Director of National Intelligence) said the following:
“The entire Intelligence Community has been consistently providing critical support to U.S. policymakers and those responding to the COVID-19 virus, which originated in China. The Intelligence Community also concurs with the wide scientific consensus that the COVID-19 virus was not manmade or genetically modified.”
However, Pompeo is of a different opinion. “I’ve seen what the intelligence community has said,” said Pompeo. “I have no reason to believe that they’ve got it wrong.” He explained, “remember, China has a history of infecting the world, and they have a history of running substandard laboratories.”
Most experts believe that the virus originated from a market in Wuhan that sells wild animals, and that the virus sprung from an animal to a human being.