“우리는 과학계의 주장에도 불구하고, 국립 보건원과 박사를 포함하여. Fauci’s NIAID organization, 자연을 뒷받침하는 증거가 거의 없었습니다., zoonotic evolution or source of COVID-19,” 그는 말했다 “미국 보고서.”
The probe was led out of the State Department’s arms control and verification (AVC) bureau and initially launched at the request of former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before ending 올해.
Asher, the lead contractor on the subject, said the team investigated the two chief hypotheses for the virus’ origins, the other being the lab-leak theory that has gained credence after widespread media dismissal over the past year.
“The data disproportionately stacked up as we investigated that it was coming out of a lab or some supernatural source,” 그는 말했다.
Asher has a history of investigative work tracking money for the AQ Khan network, North Korea’s nuclear program, and top Al Qaeda leaders, but has fallen under scrutiny from former State Department officials.
Asher was critical Thursday of former Assistant Secretary of State Chris Ford, who expressed reservations about the investigation’s findings and cautioned against the lab theory. Ford told Fox News that the AVC probe had been kept secret from him and bypassed department and intelligence community biological experts, although adding the lab origin theory was “very possible.”
The Wuhan Institute of Virology has become a central focus of investigators looking into the virus’ origins, in part due to its known research on bat coronaviruses.
“That was the epicenter of synthetic biology in the People’s Republic of China, and they were up to some very hairy stuff with synthetic biology and so-called gain-of-function techniques,” Asher said, later saying the odds of natural origin were extremely long.
“To say this came out of a zoonotic situation, it’s ridiculous,” 그는 말했다.
President Biden ordered the intelligence community to investigate the virus’ origins this week, and Asher expressed hope it would be transparent about its findings.
폭스 뉴스’ Brooke Singman and Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report.