US Intelligence Has No Evidence Of The Artificial Origin Of The Coronavirus
The Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) of the US State Department does not have evidence of the artificial origin of the new type of coronavirus. US Assistant Secretary of State Ellen McCarthy, who heads INR, said this on Wednesday during a video conference held by the American non-governmental organization "The Intelligence and National Security Alliance" (INSA).
"We (employees of the state Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research) spent a lot of time studying this. Our position is that scientists from all over the world have studied the coronavirus and its genetic sequence. At this stage, there is no evidence that it is genetically engineered or otherwise exposed," she said in response to a question about the origin of the coronavirus.
"We don't know where the "patient zero" is, where it came from. We don't know this now, we may never know. But we do know that health experts have been studying this for a long time. They studied the concept of potential transmission of the virus from animals to humans. Whether it Appeared on the seafood market or in the laboratory - we do not have such data yet," McCarthy added.
Earlier, US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that he expects the Chinese authorities to allow foreign specialists to enter the laboratory in Wuhan, from which, according to several American media, a new coronavirus could allegedly begin to spread.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijun, in turn, noted that the version of artificial creation of the coronavirus is not supported by any evidence. So he commented on the publication of the Fox News channel that the "zero patient" with the coronavirus was allegedly a certain employee of the laboratory in Wuhan.