Pompeo Pushes ‘Conspiracy Theory’ that Coronavirus Leaked from a Chinese Lab
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“There’s a pile of evidence a hundred feet high,” Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News” without offering any evidence to substantiate his claim.
Asked by Fox host Chris Wallace whether he believed Covid-19 had leaked from a Chinese lab, Pompeo said bluntly, "I do."
The so-called "lab leak" theory was first promoted by former US President Donald Trump and others. Pompeo has long been on board with the theory. During his tenure as the Secretary of State, he headed a task force investigating the origins of Covid-19.
China has slammed the US for “spreading conspiracy theories and disinformation”.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian has described the US-led revival of the theory as "disrespectful" to the World Health Organization (WHO) investigation, insisting that the move amounted to "undermining of global solidarity to fight the virus."
Calling on Washington to open its own virology facilities to scrutiny, the Chinese official emphasized, "If the US really wants full transparency then it should, like China did, invite WHO experts to visit the US and investigate."
In March, the WHO called the US claim "extremely unlikely" in its report on the origin of the virus. But the conspiracy theory that the coronavirus emerged from the Wuhan Institute of Virology was again highlighted by US authorities and media outlets in an apparent bid to wage yet another probe into the origins of the deadly virus following the WHO mission to the Chinese city.
US President Joe Biden has ordered the American intelligence community to “redouble” its efforts to uncover the pandemic’s origin.