As months-long joint investigation goes public, some additional details and context
It was a great article, but this has been pretty obvious for quite a while. We funded dangerous GoF research at a shoddy Chinese lab and then the major players covered it up and blamed bat soup.
Even if we didn't fund THIS PARTICULAR VIRUS, the funding of dangerous GoF research in Wuhan is enough to convict all the major players -- that's why they were so desperate to keep us from learning the truth. Remember Fauci lying to Rand Paul saying "you don't know what you're talking about"? Remember how Fauci suddenly forgot the definition of Gain of Function, even though he talked about it repeatedly before 2020?
Just waiting for the MSM to wheel out Clapper and 50 other retired security/spook types to say this is all Russian disinformation.....
More proof that you can believe the opposite of what the establishment consensus is...and you will be correct every time. Now apply that principle to Ukraine, vaccines, white domestic extremism, Biden family corruption, Trump witch hunt, climate change, election transparency..........
"Sooner or later, this story is coming out...."
The next issue, which I'm not so sanguine about, is will anyone be held responsible for this avalanche of lies, will anyone pay any kind of price?
Looking at all the great American disasters of the 21st century—the Iraq and Afghanistan clusterfucks, Guantanamo, the bank collapse, Russiagate, now the mass Covid hysteria—the rule seems to be as long as you maintain lockstep fealty to every Insider Narrative, you will never lose a cent, a night's sleep, or do anything but continue to fail upward.
For instance, Apoorva Mandavilli, award-winning New York Times "science" reporter LOL, most famous for saying that any investigating of a possible lab leak was "Racist", delivered the commencement address this weekend at the Yale School of Public Health. And listen to this:
“At the New York Times, we pledge to deliver the news, ‘without fear or favor,’...I would urge you all to do the same. Tell the public the truth, the whole truth -- even if you worry that some of it will be misused by some people. Because if you don’t tell the whole truth, if you leave some things unsaid, it leaves room for others to swoop in …with misinformation.”
These people live inside gilded bubbles where everyone they know has an identical brain. They are impervious to reality, will never admit their incompetence and malfeasance, and honestly believe that no matter what any evidence says, they are the literal divine incarnation of Truth, while anyone who disagrees are "some people" spreading "misinformation" aka heretics.
Our global elite caste aka Social Justice Inc. will all protect and lie for each other and would rather crash the whole country than admit they were wrong.
I know this isn't foremost on your and Michael Shellenberger's minds, but you'll be remembered for your fortitude. Others have contributed fantastic work on the Twitter Files (especially Lee Fang) but you two were hauled in front of Congress and belittled and smeared by morally backward and oblivious actors and entities., and remain the functional as well as symbolic face of the Twitter files project -- an endeavor I'm sure you knew from your first glance at an email from a three-letter U.S. agency to a Twitter exec would soon infuse your life with "odd" disruptions from the federal government.
In an era where people who use fake names on Twitter boast about having no fucks to give because they just dunked on an anonymous MAGA or pro-rainbow account, and actual cajónes are a vanishing commodity, people with genuine courage matter.
Glad to hear you had a part in this important story, Matt.
I hope that you, Mr. Shellenberger, and everyone else covering this important story continue to work until all the details are revealed - including the actions of the cowards who hoped to keep us in the dark.
The most significant consequence of the lab leak cover up is that we invested more heavily in gain-of-function research. A lot of us have known about the infection of the scientist (and the wife of a scientis who succumbed to it) at Wuhan for years. It's really strange to see the same story be reported as breaking news repeatedly... and to crickets. Let's hope it takes this time.
Keep digging. As more revelations appear daily, my smug mask wearing vaccine nazi enforcer Fauci worshipping leftist neighbors shirk further and further back. Keep up the good work.
I will never ever forget in April of 2020, a boomer grandmother housewife, called into the Rush Limbaugh show and said "Rush there is no way this didn't come from a lab. The intelligence community has to know it came from a lab other wise they wouldn't lock us down." That is the moment I knew it was from a lab.
It's time to end gain of function research. I can't think of one instance in which this research actually proved useful (though it's possible I'm wrong, feel free to correct me if I am).
Really, though, this idea that we need to create pathogens before other people do so we can find cures is absurd. Not to mention the ethics that come with certain practices, such as experimenting on animals.
As for the lab leak investigation, it's another poorly handled situation that can be boiled down to certain government bureaucrats freaking out over what might happen if the thing they didn't want to be true, was actually true.
Most of all, it's not that it was a lab leak that will piss people off -- it's that certain individuals denied it when the evidence says otherwise.
People who know how to think for themselves even if they didn't know a pangolin from a fucking penguin have known Covid-19 came from the lab a few hundred feet away and not some food market since early days.
"but there’s reason for optimism this time."
For what? They don't care that we know the truth. TPTB will ignore it. TPTB and their lackeys and useful idiots have eroded the meaning of truth like they've tried to destroy what a woman is. So we know Patient Zero. Yippee fuckin' kay-ay! What does that do for us really? Even if it leads somewhere...TPTB. Do. Not. Care Will anyone go to jail? One of the largest mass murders in history and no one who had a hand in it will suffer any consequence.
Prove me wrong. I'll eat a hat.
Offshoring of lethal toys like Covid has been the playbook for the US Govt since St Ronnie Reagan.
And don't forget that Victoria Nuland, the "Cookie Monster" herself admitted to 28 US Military Bioweapons labs in Ukraine. But she said they were for "good military bioweapons". Nothing to see here folks, move along.
I bet this gets zero play on MSM.
"Memory hole," is such a brilliant, useful concept. These days I have been amusing myself by reading books and articles from before 2020 about virus research and it's pretty clear that, historically, lab leaks have always been pretty common. There is nothing unusual about them. The last human being to die from smallpox was the victim of a lab leak.
But suddenly, in the wake of the manufactured "Pandemic," lab leaks are astronomically unlikely and can't possibly be considered, except, apparently, by white supremacists. The credulous stenographers of the corporate media, besides being credulous, and stenographers, can't remember more than 18 months back.
As for conspiracy theories, the one actual conspiracy that has been documented was that among epidemiologists and other scientists to cover up the possibility that one (or more) of their own fumbled the ball in Wuhan.
Serious question: What 'expert', corporate media narrative about the Covid pandemic has been proven to be true?
It feels like absolutely everything the 'experts' told us about Covid (its origin, the efficacy of masks and the vax, the need for 6 feet (not 7 or 5!) of social distancing, the need to close schools even though children had close to a zero chance of being harmed by the virus, etc, etc, etc ... has all proven to be a big lie.
Maybe that's why increasing #'s of Americans don't believe a word the 'experts' or the corporate media tell us.
Thanks for the great work to both you and Michael! I will be shocked if MSM ever mentions it. For those of us deplorables who were 99% sure where the virus came from, it is at least a little satifying to hear the the truth!