Biden Signs Bipartisan Bill Declassifying COVID-19 Origin Docs
Many of the leftist politicians, news outlets, and so-called experts who mercilessly attacked the credibility of anyone who dared suggest that COVID-19 might have originated in a Chinese lab are now faced with compelling new evidence that such an origin is possible, if not likely.
Now, even President Joe Biden is on record calling for the same transparency recommended by many people who were labeled conspiracy theorists early on in the pandemic.
In response to the Energy Department’s recent report giving new credence to the lab-leak theory, a pair of Republican U.S. senators introduced a bill aimed at declassifying intelligence data related to the origins of the virus.
Revealing a rare opportunity for bipartisanship, the bill passed unanimously in the Senate and in the House of Representatives earlier this month.
Biden signed the COVID-19 Origin Act into law this week and asserted that he agrees with the assertion of lawmakers that all relevant information should be released. In his statement, he attempted to take credit for pursuing transparency on the issue since the start of his administration.
“In 2021, I directed the Intelligence Community to use every tool at its disposal to investigate the origin of COVID-19, and that work is ongoing,” he said. “We need to get to the bottom of COVID-19’s origins to help ensure we can better prevent future pandemics.”
As for what the White House plans to do now that the new law is in effect, the president indicated that his administration “will continue to review all classified information relating to COVID-19’s origins, including potential links to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
He promised to “declassify and share as much of that information as possible,” noting that any details that could “harm national security” would remain classified.
While Americans appear to be mostly united on the issue at this point, it is clear that Chinese officials have a problem with the push for transparency.
In a letter sent to the office of Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), who introduced the bill along with Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN), Chinese government official Li Xiang accused legislators of “politiciz[ing] and stigmatiz[ing]” the communist nation.
“The move by the US Congress just shows that the US is going further and further down the wrong path of political manipulation,” Li added. “The so-called traceability report by the US intelligence agency is an attempt to ‘presume guilt’ on China. It is an attempt to shift the blame from its own failure to fight the epidemic to China.”