Wuhan scientists were carrying out classified military research at “shadow labs”, bombshell emails from the US State Department reveal.
The leaked messages shed more light on the shady links between the Chinese army and the Wuhan Institute of Virology at the time when the Covid pandemic was exploding across the world.
Shi Zhengli – the top researcher at the lab dubbed “batwoman” for her years of work on bat coronaviruses – has repeatedly denied any link to the military.
But emails uncovered by US Right to Know (USRTK) expose chilling connections between the Wuhan lab and China’s People’s Liberation Army.
It follows claims that were working with Chinese military to create a mutant virus and pursue bioweapons just as the pandemic started.
The US State Department has already claimed that the Wuhan lab had engaged in classified research on behalf of the Chinese military since 2017.
And the messages obtained by USRTK show further evidence of the nefarious work being carried out in Wuhan.
They reveal the army’s involvement with the construction of the lab – and staff with “possible PLA ties”.
One of the emails points to evidence of eerie “PLA shadow labs” at the Wuhan lab.
Another appears to address the mix of civilian and military research – specifically Beijing’s emphasis on “military-civil fusion”.
And one heading suggests “robust cooperation between WIV and PLA AMMS” – likely a reference to the Academy of Military Medical Sciences.
A third email exposes the way in which Beijing censored the outbreak of Covid in the vital early days of the pandemic.
“Initial Outbreak Could Have Been Contained in China if Beijing Had Not Covered It Up,” it reads.
Gary Ruskin, executive director of USRTK, said the bombshell emails reveal evidence of significant Chinese military involvement in the lab.
He called on the Biden administration to release the heavily redacted emails in full.
He told The Sun: “The cables are significant, because they reveal that the State Department has evidence of significant Chinese military involvement at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“This suggests that classified research may well have been performed there.
“That suggests that those who claim full knowledge of the totality of the WIV’s research, and deny that SARS-CoV-2 was held at the WIV prior to the pandemic, may not have been familiar with the details of any classified research performed there.
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