Mike Pompeo Claims Intel Officials ‘Didn’t Want to Talk’ About Wuhan Lab Leak Theory
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that intelligence officials “didn’t want the world to know” that the Chinese government was trying to cover up the origins of COVID and that they were happy to “stay focused on other things.”
The ex-Trump administration official told Fox News that there were “people throughout the [intelligence]community” who did not want to talk about the possibility that COVID originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China.
He also claimed that his team faced bureaucratic hurdles when they tried to declassify intelligence on the Wuhan lab and share it with the American public during the last year of the Trump administration.
Speaking on The Ingraham Angle on Thursday, Pompeo said, “We have worked diligently to get the Intelligence Community to declassify more. [Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe] was a great partner in trying to do that, but there were people throughout the community who just didn’t want to talk about it, who wanted to stay focused on other things.
“They didn’t want the world to know that the Chinese Communist Party was in the process of covering up what, as it turned out, may have cost several million lives.”
When Fox News host Laura Ingraham asked Pompeo why intelligence officials wanted to cover up for the Chinese government, the former secretary of state said he would “leave that to others to speculate.”
Earlier in the interview, Pompeo said there were “big fights” over declassifying intelligence on COVID origins, and pointed the finger at officials at the National Institutes of Health.
But he also praised the “good work” of his State Department team, and noted that the Trump administration was able to release information about activity at the Wuhan lab on Jan. 15. Tekk.tv has contacted the State Department for comment.
The Wall Street Journal first reported on May 23 that three researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology became so ill in November 2019 that they sought hospital treatment, citing a U.S. intelligence report.
The fact sheet released by the State Department on Jan. 15 said the lab employees also “exhibited symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illnesses” around the time the COVID-19 outbreak is believed to have begun.
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