In what should be a victory for those who seek the truth on the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Joe Biden on Monday signed a bipartisan bill to declassify intelligence on the issue.
Both chambers of Congress unanimously approved S. 619 to unseal information in Washington’s possession on the coronavirus.
This followed statements by the U.S. Department of Energy and FBI Director Christopher Wray. The two concluded that they had “low” and “moderate confidence,” respectively, that the lab-leak theory was correct.
Many researchers believe that COVID-19 was leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China.
Biden said Monday that “we need to get to the bottom of COVID-19’s origins to help ensure we can better prevent future pandemics.”
DOOCY: "[Biden] says he will declassify COVID origins intel except info that would harm national security. Is there a BIGGER national security threat than something that killed 1.1 million people?"
KIRBY: "The President…has to balance transparency with national security." pic.twitter.com/3h0gsWjhqV
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 21, 2023
The president asserted that in 2021 he instructed intelligence agencies to investigate the coronavirus’ origins. He also said that the White House will continue to review classified materials and possible links to the Wuhan lab.
Of course, the mainstream media and many health officials — along with leftist Democrats — originally blasted the notion as a “conspiracy theory.”
Part of their fierce resistance to even consider what was clearly a possibility was their opposition to former President Donald Trump.
The Republican was on board early with the idea that the coronavirus was leaked into the population through the Chinese research facility. And China, of course, proclaimed that the lab-leak theory has no credibility.
The bill to open the files on COVID was reintroduced by Sens. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Mike Braun (R-IN) in February. Within two weeks it passed through both chambers and went on to President Biden’s desk.
In response, the Chinese embassy in Washington released a statement to Hawley’s office accusing the Republican and Congress of trying to “politicize and stigmatize China.”
The diplomatic message alleged the U.S. is “going further and further down the wrong path of political manipulation.” It cited the traceability report linking the outbreak to the Wuhan lab as a ploy to “presume guilt” on China.
It further called into question the U.S. efforts to control the pandemic and accused Washington of attempting to “shift the blame” for the outbreak to China. With what is hopefully a real commitment to transparency, light may be shone on COVID-19’s true origin despite Beijing’s objections.