More reason to think Beijing’s to blame for the pandemic


Here’s an item that made a lot fewer headlines than it should have: David Asher, the former lead investigator on the State Department task force investigating the origin of the coronavirus, believes it was the result of military research gone bad at that infamous Wuhan Institute. “The Wuhan Institute of Virology is not the National Institute of Health,” Asher, now a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, told Fox News. “It was operating a secret, classified program. In my view, and I’m just one person, my view is it was a biological-weapons program.” It’s a far more believable narrative than those the Chinese Communist Party has tried to peddle, such as suggestions that it’s the result of US military research, with the bug somehow brought to China by US soldiers or . . . frozen-food imports. Asher spent his career working on some highly classified investigations for the State and Treasury departments. Speaking at a panel on the pandemic’s origins, he said he believes it resulted from a “weapons vector gone awry, not deliberately released, but in development and then somehow leaked.”

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