Doubted US Secretary of State “Anthony Blinken” today, Tuesday, in the methodology of a report on the origin of the Corona virus “Covid 19” cited by the American “Wall Street Journal”, concluded that the hypothesis of the virus leaking from a Chinese laboratory was reasonable.
According to Reuters, he said:Blinkin, at a Senate committee hearing on the State Department’s budget request when asked about the newspaper article, “I think it’s on a number of levels…I saw the report incorrect.”
On Monday, the newspaper quoted people familiar with a classified report prepared by a US government national laboratory as saying that it had concluded that the hypothesis of the virus leaking from a Chinese laboratory in Wuhan was reasonable and merited further investigation.
The report said the study was prepared in May 2020 by the “Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory” and was referred to by the State Department when it conducted an investigation into the origins of the pandemic during the final months of the administration of former President Donald Trump.
To his understanding, Blinken said, the report arose after the Trump administration asked a contractor to look into the origins of the COVID-19 virus, with a particular focus on whether it was the result of a lab leak.
Blinken added, “This work was done, it was completed, the people involved in the department were briefed on it, and when we went in, we were informed of the results. To my understanding, the Trump administration had real concerns about the methodology of that study, the quality of the analysis, and the bending of evidence to fit the aforementioned narrative.” This was important. It was shared with us.”
Blinken said the report was the work of an officer and a small number of individuals and not the “full government effort” that had ordered President Joe Biden, the intelligence community’s lead, to look into the virus’ origins.
Asked if he supports declassifying information about the origin of the virus, Blinken said there should be “as much transparency as possible with any information we find” subject to the need to protect intelligence sources.