FBI Investigation Into NIH Funding Gain Of Function Research

This is a pretty long article by The Intercept, so I suggest you click the link to read the whole thing. I’ll just quote briefly, but remember, it’s a difficult process for honest news media to pry documents from the government, and a lot isn’t released, and many are heavily redacted. But I believe the public has a right to know.

“Last October, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a reportassessing the possible origins of the pandemic. In the document, which followed a 90-day review by the spy agencies ordered by President Joe Biden, one agency assessed with moderate confidence that the pandemic had a lab origin, “probably involving experimentation, animal handling, or sampling by the Wuhan Institute of Virology.” While the DNI report did not name the agency, the New York Times reported at the time that it was the FBI. (Four other intelligence agencies and the National Intelligence Council concluded with low confidence that the pandemic had a natural origin.)”

“Experts have puzzled over whether the spy agencies gained access to EcoHealth Alliance’s grant documents. The DNI’s detailed report did not list grant documents or communications as a source of information, but the email about the inquiry now suggests that the FBI had previously obtained at least some internal information about the EcoHealth Alliance grant. The FBI declined to confirm the existence of the inquiry or otherwise comment.”

“Separately, in December 2020, the NIH cited a law enforcement exemption when denying a public records request from The Intercept for the EcoHealth Alliance grant documents. In a July 2021 hearing, a federal litigator explained the agency’s rationale: “At the time that they asserted the exemption, they were told and were under the impression there were ongoing investigations, law enforcement investigations, into what plaintiffs are alleging is a lab-leak hypothesis, what caused COVID,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander J. Hogan, referring to the NIH’s 2020 denial of The Intercept’s FOIA request. “And because of the implication of those investigations, they withheld these documents in full.””

Click the link to read the article (it’s free):https://theintercept.com/2022/01/20/coronavirus-research-china-ecohealth-fbi/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=The%20Intercept%20Newsletter

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