Did the Coronavirus Escape from a Chinese Lab? Here’s What the Pentagon Says
15 Apr 2020
Gen. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, directly addressed ‘rumor and speculation’ that COVID-19 is a made-in-China weapon of war.
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley on Tuesday said that the U.S. intelligence community has looked “hard” into rumors that the coronavirus had its origins in a Chinese biolab, not an open-air market as is widely believed.
“There’s a lot of rumor and speculation in a wide variety of media, blog sites, etc.,” Milley said. “It should be no surprise to you that we have taken a keen interest in that, and we have had a lot of intelligence take a hard look at that.”
“At this point it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural, but we do not know for sure,” Milley said.
Most scientists have publicly dismissed the theory that COVID-19 began as an escaped bioweapon, and there is no public evidence to support it. The fringe theory emerged in the early days of the disease’s spread and is based on the fact that Wuhan, where the outbreak began, has at least two infectious-disease research labs. It has gained some traction on the right, bolstered by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who has publicly suggested that the United States should consider the possibility that the disease may have originated in a lab, not a live-animal market.
“We don’t know where it originated, and we have to get to the bottom of that,” Cotton said on Fox News in February. “We also know that just a few miles away from that food market is China’s only biosafety level 4 super laboratory that researches human infectious diseases.”
But it is possible that the virus could have begun as research that accidentally escaped the lab — although scientists disagree on the likelihood of this.
Milley’s answer on Tuesday was less definitive than his chief medical officer, Joint Staff Surgeon Brig. Gen. Paul Freidrichs, who has previously said of the theory: “No.”
They would never make that kind of accusation without 100% proof, which no one will ever have, so no there won't be any accusation, and if there is someone who could talk in China, they would be disappeared already. But this thread was about speculation.
This is a good little clip, not really on this subject matter, but some have questioned why he doesn't do more, well the answer is he doesn't really have the power. He is now going to say he does to try to stop this, and he may exert it and hope no one fights him on it, but reality is he doesn't.
Wondering what you guys think, I know a lot medicos are questioning how fast and persistent the spread of this, I have even spoke to one trained at Fort Detrick, and they seem certain this isn't natural