Exclusive: Media’s ‘Lab Leak’ Denial Darling Is Actually Ex-Chinese Communist Advisor


Deborah Seligsohn — an American academic frequently cited by Western media outlets to debunk the COVID-19 “lab leak” theory — has extensive ties to the Chinese Communist Party, including delivering lectures at the regime’s Central Party School and accepting fellowships from state-run universities. When cited, mainstream media outlets routinely fail to disclose Seligsohn’s deep ties to Beijing, which call into question her ostensible status as a neutral arbiter of COVID-19’s origins. Currently an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Villanova University, Seligsohn was formerly in charge of science and health issues at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing during the SARS epidemic in the early 2000s. Since her job in the U.S. State Department, Seligsohn has lectured and participated in fellowships at institutions led by the Chinese Communist Party. She addressed the Central Party School of the Chinese Communist Party — the “exclusive training ground for the elite apparatchiks groomed to govern China” — in December of 2011. She also spoke at the regime-sponsored Shanghai World Expo in 2010.

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