A document titled The Unnatural Origin of SARS and New Species of Man-Made Viruses as Genetic Bioweapons, written by Chinese scientists and Chinese public health officials in 2015, discussed the weaponization of SARS coronaviruses. It postulates a World War III scenario fought with biological weapons.
The paper describes coronavirus as a "new era of genetic weapons," according to news.com.au, and details how coronaviruses can be "artificially manipulated into an emerging human disease virus, then weaponised and unleashed in a way never seen before."
According to a Politico article published in March, one United States official had said, "If there was a smoking gun, the CCP [Communist Party of China] buried it along with anyone who would dare speak up about it... We'll probably never be able to prove it one way or the other, which was Beijing's goal all along."
But according to Peter Jennings, executive director of Australian Strategic Policy Institute, this newly uncovered document may be as close to a "smoking gun" as we have.
"I think this is significant because it clearly shows that Chinese scientists were thinking about military application for different strains of the coronavirus and thinking about how it could be deployed," said Jennings.
Jennings added, "It begins to firm up the possibility that what we have here is the accidental release of a pathogen for military use."
The document would also explain why China was reluctant to cooperate with investigations on the virus's origin.
"If this was a case of transmission from a wet market it would be in China's interest to cooperate… we've had the opposite of that."
Robert Potter, who works as a cybersecurity specialist analyzing the Chinese government said, the document definitely is not fake.
"We reached a high confidence conclusion that it was genuine … It's not fake but it's up to someone else to interpret how serious it is," Potter stated.
Potter stated that it is unlikely the virus escaped from a lab.
"It emerged in the last few years … they (China) will almost certainly try to remove it now it's been covered."
According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 was most likely of animal origin, which crossed over from humans to bats. Director of public health pathology Dominic Dwyer, who acts as a representative for the WHO, went to the wet market in Wuhan, where one theory states the virus originated. He said the wet market might not be the source of the virus.
"The market in Wuhan, in the end, was more of an amplifying event rather than necessarily a true ground zero. So we need to look elsewhere for the viral origins," Dwyer said.
One of the critical worries from a United States senior administration official was that, "This was just a peek under a curtain of an entire galaxy of activity, including labs and military labs in Beijing and Wuhan playing around with coronaviruses in ACE2 mice in unsafe labs ... It suggests we are getting a peek at a body of activity that isn't understood in the West or even has precedent here."
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