Pompeo: There Is ‘Enormous Evidence’ That Coronavirus Originated in a Lab

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) says the U.S. Intelligence Community has determined that the virus started in China, and it agrees that the virus was not man-made or genetically modified. 

However, in an interview on ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that there is plenty of evidence that the virus originated in a lab in China. He said, “There’s enormous evidence that that’s where it began.”

He continued, “We have said from the beginning, that this was a virus that originated in Wuhan, China. We took a lot of grief for that from the outset. But I think the whole world can see now.”

“Remember, China has a history of infecting the world, and they have a history of running sub-standard laboratories. These are not the first times that we have had the world exposed to viruses as a result of failures in a Chinese lab,” Pompeo added.

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Last week the ODNI released a rare statement on its investigation of the origins of the coronavirus, “The entire Intelligence Community has been consistently providing critical support to U.S. policymakers and those responding to the COVID-19 virus, which originated in China.”

The statement also said that the intelligence community agrees with the “wide scientific consensus” that the virus was not man-made or genetically modified.

When asked about the intelligence community’s statement about the origins, Pompeo said, “I’ve seen what the intelligence community has said. I have no reason to believe that they’ve got it wrong.”

He continued to slam the Chinese Communist Party and accused it of covering up information about the virus which he said allowed it to spread around the world. He also suggested that the U.S. would have been more transparent and sought advice from other world leaders about the virus if it originated within the country.

Several reports have detailed the extent China’s government reportedly went to in order to keep information about the virus a secret including detaining and censoring whistleblowers, as IJR reported.

The U.S. Intelligence Community recently reported that China “intentionally” hid information about the severity of the virus at the same time it was stockpiling personal protective equipment.

When asked if China’s government intentionally released the virus, Pompeo responded, “I don’t have anything to say about that.”

His comments come days after President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House that he had seen evidence that the virus originated in a lab. Officials told Fox News that they believe the virus originated in a lab and was released by mistake. 

However, many scientists have dismissed the suggestion that the virus originated in a lab. Instead, they believe in originated in a bat and jumped to humans at a market in Wuhan, China. 

Responses

  1. Enormous evidence of sheer mendacity by this Trumpist liar. Even our intelligence agencies say it’s a lie. More Trumpist gaslighting to distract and deceive his witless base.

  2. Let’s correct some statements: it was Obama not trump that cut the cdc funding. Pompeo said it wasn’t modified or created in a lab, he did not say whether it came from a lab or a wet market but it did start in wuhan.
    Now, my opinion. The tally of infections and deaths are highly inflated and include other causes including flus. Notice how the flu curve dropped as suddenly as the cv-19 curve swept upward. Bottom line- we need to continue fighting this virus and all other diseases and deaths calmly and wisely while returning to work and saving our economy. Fear, not the virus is crippling our nation, freedoms and economy.

    1. What did you do? Enlist all members of your cult. More non thinkers who believe no one is entitled to an opinion unless it’s theirs. How narrow minded.

  3. Pompeo knows it didn’t come from a lab. Granted, China is responsible for their reaction. But we had our 1st positive and death in the USA in February. Why the big gap from when trump knew of the virus in December?

    Pompeo is a is trying to deflect trumps responsibility for his delay. Yes, China needs to answer certain questions, but so does trump!

    1. ronald, Nobody takes you seriously when you show your contempt for the President over China.

      1. Trump is the most contemptible politician to have disgraced this nation ever.

        1. Yeah right. I was around when Obama had our troops kneeling to Iran while he bowed to the Arabs.

  4. The best answer to why it wasn’t a virus that came from the wet market: The type of bat the virus originally came from exists 80 kilometers away. There are no bats of this species any closer to Wuhan. They wouldn’t have captured a bat and driven it 80 kilometers to sell it!

    1. What? I’m partial to believing that it might have come from the lab there, but this is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard for an explication why. They probably sell animals there that were caught in South America. 80km is nothing. There are likely people who sold things in that market who lived further away than that.

      Keep in mind that there were a few people who worked at that lab who were convicted of selling test animals to the wet markets instead of destroying them safely. It’s not reaching far to consider that it started in the wet market from test animals being sold there.

      1. You’re stating facts and the crazies here can’t even spell the word. They deal in the ridiculous.

      2. Here is how we know for a fact the virus started at the wet market. Of the first 41 cases in Wuhan hospitals, 28 had contact with the wet market. But here is the key. 13 cases had no connection wet market whatsoever. That proves the outbreak started at the wet market and therefore, could not possibly be from the lab!

    2. What I’ve heard is that the virus originated in a species of bat, which somehow came to infect a pangolin, which is some crazy sort of armadillo whose hide is made up of fingernails (look up this weird thing on Google Images), and which Chinese like to eat, and gets sold live in the wet markets. Whence it proceeded to infect humans who worked there. I’ve also heard that “intelligence” reports say it could have come out of a lab, probably where it was being cataloged and studied, and a careless person let it escape. The thing would have had to go through one mutation to exploit the pangolin, and another mutation to be able to pass from human to human. But, difficult as that may be to imagine, the virus that we see doesn’t have the marks of something that was engineered in a lab with a CRISPR machine. It looks natural.

  5. The Chinese government banned domestic flights from Wuhan to other Chinese cities while allowing international flights from Wuhan to the USA,Italy,Iran,and other major cities in Asia,Africa and South America to continue for several weeks.

      1. A relative in Northern Italy reported that thousands of Chinese workers were used by name brand Italian companies worked in Italy ,housed in Villages around Milan, paid in China with 3 or more daily flights to and from Wuhan. Even Dr Faulci could figure out how the virus arrived at and decimated Northern Italy.

  6. Hmmm…what America would do versus what China did is like comparing apples to oranges. This was a blatant tragedy of the worst kind. Can’t stop thinking about all the people who died without saying good bye or having their hands held by family. Then, adding insult to injury, no “normal” funerals…again…no good byes. Senseless stupid behavior on the part of China NOT to have told the rest of the world before this got out of hand. And any news source that disagrees should go live in China since your attitude would definitely be anti-America.

    1. At least not all the deaths were of people who still were children (former children dying better than current children dying).

  7. Once again one of trump’s parrots trumped that this virus came from a China lab. Why would the Intel people say otherwise when we have Pompeo and fat Donald, oh he’ll make that fat Pompeo too, to give us the straight answers. A couple of damn fools.

      1. Good God! Who is the traitor! Look into yourself. Being a trump Cult follower is the ultimate violation of this Country and God

        1. Oh, it’s ronald, the china communist sympathizer. Long live President Trump 2020!

    1. You are 100% correct. But this will only come to light after this Authoritarian Administration is abolished.

    2. I found a rock in the woods. It was a perfect cube and had the name of my town engraved in the side. No proof that it was manipulated by humans.

      The SARS CoV-2 Virus has perfect copies of other viruses in it. No proof they were copied into the viruses by humans.

  8. So it takes one bat to create a pandemic. Good to know. Then it went to a virus created in a lab. I like that one and then it got legs and infected most of the world.

    1. You just showed me that you are too damn stupid to understand Pandemics! Go back to playing dominoes.

      1. Well aren’t you just the cutest. I wish that I cared what I “showed you”. How many degrees do you hold in pandemics? Are you related to Generally Confused aka Scott Urquhart or just part of his cult?

    2. Remember Cherl, it’s important to read about things before you pretend to be knowledgeable.

      1. Oh look it’s another hater. Nothing of substance just liberal jibberish.

        1. Don’t be a fool. I was encouraging you to read and educate yourself. You don’t have to have a degree in pandemics to understand how they start and spread. Unfortunately you seem to prefer holding onto your ignorance and publicly proclaiming it to learning about science and facts.

  9. Despite citing “enormous evidence” that it came from a Chinese lab, he offers no clue as to what the evidence is, or why it is enormous. I feel like I’m being fed a story, and being told, “It’s important that you know this, but nothing more about it, because it’s secret.” Reminds me of Dick Cheney’s discovery of intelligence pointing to an atomic weapons program in Iraq.

    1. His “evidence” is based on trump’s “gut feeling”. So far his gut has no substance. He is just looking to change the conversation from trump’s neglect that caused our delayed response. This is more shameful than the actual event!!!!

      1. ronald, That is a total lie and you know it. When you couldn’t delay Trump’s response, you called him racist for banning air travel. What a fool.

  10. There is no way that the CCP could get ahold of a virus like this and not be tempted to manipulate it!

  11. Were there any bats in the wet market? Reports say no.

    1. The virus came from bats but not from the wet market… It did come from a lab. And there’s no way the CCP could have a virus like this and not be tempted to manipulate it, and they certainly have plenty of prisoners to test the effects of it.

      1. The Director of National Intelligence’s office said there was no reason to believe the virus had been genetically modified or engineered in a lab. Remember that Trump fired the last DNI and hired a new one, one who wouldn’t give out oppositional intelligence.

  12. “However, many scientists have dismissed the suggestion that the virus originated in a lab. Instead, they believe in originated in a bat and jumped to humans at a market in Wuhan, China.” Wow, the Chinese sure have a problem with bats creating disease. That’s how SARS 1 originated. At least that’s what the Chinese said. “bat” must translate to Bio-lab scientist in Chinese. It’s such a coincidence that one of their bio-labs is right next door. “At the Wuhan Institute of Virology, scientists carry out virus research at a lab with the highest level of biological containment available on the mainland.” Apparently, that containment failed!!

    1. “Wow, the Chinese sure have a problem with bats creating disease.” Chuck

      As always, Chuck is confused by corona viruses. There are MANY different ones. We WERE doing research of more of them, until recently, when Dear Leader and this administration cut of funding into how we could make a vaccine that would control future outbreaks from the viruses that have YET to crossover into humans! Fools!

      King Donald The Loser is a most dangerously inept and incompetent force to be reckoned with.

      1. “We WERE doing research of more of them, until recently, when Dear Leader and this administration cut of funding into how we could make a vaccine that would control future outbreaks from the viruses that have YET to crossover into humans! Fools!” Sooooo, we were doing research on a vaccine before the disease was released in China? Someone had a crystal ball? When did you come up with this BS, while on a drunken or drug induced stupor? Quit while you’re behind.

        1. Don’t be so stupid. You have no idea what I am talking about, but you spew nonsense back anyway, thereby exposing your own ignorance.

          1. No one has any idea about what you’re talking about. It’s nonsense supported by fantasy in the mind of a delusional Liberal liar.

    2. You are just some psychopath feeding on remote conjecture!!! There is NO evidence that supports your allegations.

      I can tell that you are not a scientist because everything you say is just your (uneducated) opinion which is not based on science and evidence.

      You are a common quack, nothing else

      1. And you’re not a professor. I can tell because you’re uneducated. Go to school and learn punctuation.

      2. A psychopath, I like that. Are you the Ronald that goes around in a clown suit? Seems like it. The evidence is in every report of the origin, excuse by the Chinese, and further excuses that change weekly. The virus did originate in Wuhan, the bio-lab is in Wuhan, they do research on bat transmitted viruses at the bio-lab. The Chinese and the WHO
        lied about person to person transfer. A to B to C to D. That’s how an investigation works. More will come out in the upcoming weeks. Thanks for playing.

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