How the Pentagon created Wuhan

How the Pentagon created Wuhan

23 July 2021
John Laughland

The sensational revelation that the US military gave tens of millions of dollars to fund the ‘gain of function’ research into coronaviruses at the Wuhan Laboratory of Virology in China has gone up like a lead balloon. So far at least, it is a news story which has ‘no legs’.

Even though this information has been confirmed in numerous discoveries made under the Freedom of Information Act, which show that the Pentagon funding of the Chinese laboratory has been going on for over a decade, and that the US government is therefore complicit in the Covid pandemic because the virus was probably created in that laboratory, the significance of it seems to have escaped even those few journalists who write or broadcast about it.

Yet these revelations dwarf the simultaneous ones that the head of the organisation which channelled the US military money to China, EcoHealth Alliance, the British expatriate Peter Daszak, engineered a letter to The Lancet in February 2020 denouncing as a ‘conspiracy theory’ the idea that the idea might have escaped from the Wuhan lab. Leaked emails revealed that he was deliberately trying to cover his own role in the bat virus research there.

A year later, in February 2021, Daszak was part of the World Health Organisation’s delegation to Wuhan to investigate the origin of the virus, still without declaring that he was himself funding the laboratory’s research into coronaviruses. The report which immediately concluded that the virus could not have come from the lab was roundly criticised as a whitewash at the time. A 2016 video of him describing the work carried out by ‘my colleagues in China’ - grafting bat viruses onto spike protein to make them infectious for humans - has only recently emerged. In the pages of The Lancet on 21 June 2021 , Daszak finally admitted his conflicts of interest (and the funding he receives from various branches of the American government, although he conveniently omitted to mention the Pentagon) but he shrugged them off. He has now been fired from the UN Covid commission and recused by The Lancet.

Although Daszak is being roundly attacked by Fox News and the Daily Mail, it is relatively unimportant that he lied about his role in financing the Wuhan lab. He is nothing but a go-between. Tucker Carlson, for instance, who has been brilliant in exposing these conflicts of interest, which also concern Anthony Fauci, the head of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious diseases, because he is the link between the US government and Daszak, quotes State Department officials, whom he accuses of having also tried to cover up the government financing of the Wuhan lab, without drawing attention to the fact that these people work in arms control. Carlson seems not to see the importance of the link between the Wuhan lab and the US military.

The importance is this. The Pentagon and DoD funds used to pay for the coronavirus research came from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency ‘to counter and deter weapons of mass destruction and improvised threat networks’. This means that the US government was outsourcing research into biological weapons to the Chinese. Everyone knows that China is a totalitarian state and that any work carried out in the Wuhan lab, or in any lab in China, is controlled by the state. Indeed, when the laboratory was opened in February 2017 by the French Prime Minister (France helped build it) the ceremony was attended by a minister of the Chinese government. In other words, the Pentagon is in bed with the Chinese communists on what must be one of the most sensitive aspects of national defence policy.

That Western governments have been lapping up Chinese money for decades is no secret. That nearly the entire manufacturing base of Europe and America has been relocated to China is also no secret: Europe cannot even manufacture paper masks. We all know that China owns much of the USA’s colossal debt. But that the most high-level military planning, on biological warfare, should have been conducted by the People’s Republic of China on behalf of the USA military shows that the US-Chinese condominium goes far beyond anything even the most swivel eyes conspiracy theorist could ever have thought of.

Two conclusions can be drawn. First, the fact that in May 2020 Donald Trump’s administration cut funding to Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance - and was roundly attacked for doing so - reminds us that the big conflict between Trump and his Democrat enemies was not about Russia. Russiagate was a purely domestic political show which had nothing to do with actual policy towards Russia. The recent Geneva summit between Biden and Putin has shown that the current US president is perfectly happy to have a good working relationship with Moscow - much to the annoyance of some sections of the US media like CNN. Biden was, after all, Obama’s vice-president when the US administration announced a ‘reset’ of relations with Moscow in 2009, over the head incidentally of Georgia which had just had a military clash with Russia in 2008. Now Biden is continuing the same policy over the head of Ukraine.

Instead, the big conflict was over China. No sooner had he taken office, Trump denounced China and the free trade agreements which had enriched her at the expense, he said, of American jobs. The Democrats, meanwhile, were China friendly. Biden, for instance, continued to defend China, including over Hong Kong and the Uyghurs, as late as February 2021.

Second, if Biden has now clicked his fingers and said that we are allowed to speculate that the virus did come from the Wuhan lab after all, this is perhaps to direct anger against the Chinese and away from the US government for its complicity with them. Certainly, the American politicians (Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham) who are leading the charge on Fauci and, by extension, Daszak, are very close to the military-industrial complex. Are they lighting a backfire to prevent the real house from burning down?

By the same token, the existence of that complicity may also explain the otherwise incomprehensible overreaction by all governments around the world to the coronavirus outbreak: did the US government discretely brief its Western allies that the virus was part of a biological weapons programme and therefore potentially very lethal? The use by all Western governments of the same slogans - ‘Build Back Better,’ ‘rules-based international order,’ etc. - suggests that they are all reading from the same script and that, like the Chinese and like all Communists, they are capable of making colossal mistakes and then doing everything, including inflicting massive further damage, to cover them up. Will the media ever get to the bottom of this? When he opened his press conference in Geneva, Biden began by saying to the assembled journalists, ‘I’ll take your questions. And as usual, folks, they gave me a list of the people I’m going to call on.’ The question is: who is ‘they’?