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March 4, 2023

Christopher Wray: Getting to High Ground Ahead of the Truth Tsunami

Filed under: CoronaCrisis,Politics — cpirrong @ 11:49 am

This week, FBI Director Christopher Wray matter of factly stated: “the FBI has for quite some time now assessed that the origins of the pandemic are most likely a potential lab incident in Wuhan.”

Now he tells us!

Wray’s remark did not unleash a frenzy of invective, in contrast to the Department of Energy’s earlier expression of the same conclusion. For example, the truly nasty piece of work Colbert screeched that the DoE needed to “stay in its lane.” (Colbert’s is apparently the I-get-to-tell-the-government-to-stay-in-its-lane lane). Colbert has not provided Wray similar instruction. Other media outlets that criticized the DoE have also been notably silent about Wray’s revelation.

Although the admission that this was the FBI’s view is what has been most commented on, what stands out to me is that it has been “for quite some time now.” How long, exactly? And why has the FBI hidden its lamp under a basket for so long?

And crucially: why is it lifting the basket now?

Is this part of a telling-the-truth-slowly strategy on the part of the administration? Is Wray trying to get out ahead of future revelations and keep the FBI’s skirts clean?

Suffice it to say that knowing him, his motivation for saying this now is political, and for purposes of self-preservation, not some commitment to the truth. After all, Wray is a past master at dummying up or evading questions (“sorry, Senator, I can’t answer because I have a plane to catch”).

Wray’s statement, and the DoE’s, is of course vindication to those who argued the possibility, and indeed the likelihood, of a Wuhan lab leak. Though some claimed this was a deliberate leak–part of a Chinese biowar strategy–I and most others who favored the lab leak hypothesis believed it was accidental, while not ruling out that the research itself was military in nature.

Of all of the media- and government-enforced narratives, the one that excoriated and anathematized anyone who advanced this hypothesis was always the most puzzling to me. Why did it matter SO much to the establishment where COVID originated?

Short of a needed (but unlikely to occur) lustration, the best we can do is reason from the clues that we have, starting with (a) who was clearly behind the campaign to discredit this hypothesis?, and (b) cui bono?

The answers to both questions are the same: the CDC, and in particular, Anthony Fauci. The release of Fauci’s emails last year revealed that he, others at CDC, and CDC adjacent scientists and NGOs almost immediately orchestrated a campaign to denigrate this hypothesis and those arguing for it, and advance the natural origins alternative. The Twitter files have subsequently revealed government efforts (including, I might add, the efforts of Wray’s FBI) to censor those even discussing lab leak origins as well as other transgressions of the COVID party line.

The media, of course, quickly snapped to attention, saluted, and relentlessly promoted Fauci’s/the CDC’s narrative.

And how did this benefit Fauci and the CDC? Well, the only razor I’ve shaved with in the last 44 years is Occam’s, and his razor says: because Fauci and the CDC were deeply implicated in the activities of the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

In other words, Fauci et al doth protest too much, which implicates them as surely as Lady Macbeth. (Although the Lady at least had the decency to go mad out of remorse, which Fauci has not, suggesting that he is a sociopath, if not a psychopath.)

(I note that the Democratic Party is also a beneficiary, as it used the discrediting of the lab leak hypothesis as a way of discrediting Trump, who had asserted it.)

Every day that a natural host is not discovered is another strike against the natural origins hypothesis, and gives further weight in support of the leak alternative. Three years with no host identified despite an intense search–and the keen interest of the CCP in finding one–makes the natural origins hypothesis highly incredible.

Unlike Fauci, I am not invested in either hypothesis: I am invested in the truth. I am also heavily invested in antipathy to censorship, especially censorship at the behest of interested actors in government. The suppression of any discussion over the lab leak hypothesis, and the anathematizing of anyone who dared speak it, represents a very dark episode in American history.

And the hits keep on coming. Recent evidence (the Cochrane Report) demonstrating the inefficacy of masks. The accumulating evidence on the lack of efficacy of the mRNA “vaccines”–and the health risks they create. And perhaps most importantly, the accumulation of overwhelming evidence that the costs of lockdowns massively outweighed any benefits.

With regards to the latter, the release of WhatsApp messages from the execrable Matt Hancock, formerly the UK’s Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, and more recently reality show contestant, demonstrates that despite all of the arrogant assertions that those in power were acting in the name of Science, they were actually acting in the name of power. Lockdowns were not a well-intentioned policy error, they were a malign policy forced on the public by loathsome figures like Matt Hancock (and Tony Fauci and Deborah Birx and dozens of others in virtually every country of the world, save Sweden).

I called bullshit on the failures of governments even to evaluate trade-offs with respect to lockdowns from the very time they were first mooted. And “whoops, my bad!” won’t make it all better–as if these disgusting creatures even have the decency to say that: they admit nothing.

What makes it all the more egregious and infuriating is that these same people who were the industrial scale producers of disinformation and misinformation also dared (and continue to dare) to scold us (and punish us) for promoting disinformation.

When in fact, there is a tsunami of evidence showing that those who questioned them from the first were right, and they were wrong.

In light of all this, I think that what Wray is doing is trying to get to high ground ahead of the tsunami hitting land in DC, London, etc. It’s cold comfort, in light of the havoc of the last three years. But revenge is a dish best served cold, and God willing the dish has cooled enough in these past years to make the time of reckoning nigh.

Though I seriously doubt there are enough lampposts.

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  1. A friend and colleague is an expert in Bioinformatics. She saw the genetic sequence of the corona virus about a year ago, perhaps a bit more, and immediately recognized it as produced in a lab. Immediately. She had no doubt. The wet market story is a fabrication.

    So Wray of the FBI, Granholm of the DoE, and all the rest knew it back then, too. And likely before. They continued to lie and dissemble about the origin until the lie was no longer viable.

    Whether its exit from the lab was accidental or deliberate, there can be zero reasonable doubt that, once out, the Chinese deliberately spread Corona virus to the rest of the world.

    There is no doubt that Fauci funded Wuhan. Francis Collins, head of the NIH, up to his neck in it, is a born-again Christian.

    The mRNA shot is now known to be not only unsafe and ineffective, but downright dangerous. It will have killed more people than have died of Covid. More, most of the people who died of Covid in fact died of deliberate maltreatment in the hospital, aided by the active suppression of effective early treatment.

    It’s all Mengele on steriod. Deliberate malice all around. They should not be allowed to evade justice. No forgiveness.

    Comment by Pat Frank — March 4, 2023 @ 10:43 pm

  2. Tom Renz says all the childhood vaccines are going to be changed into gene therapy vehicles.

    The Covid-19 mRNA shot has been an unmitigated disaster.

    The human DNA polymerase, hPOL-eta, is able to insert RNA sequences into cellular DNA — into the cell’s nuclear genome. If injected mRNA is carried into testes or ovaries it is conceivable that the heritable germ-line might be irreversibly altered.

    I can’t imagine a more sinister plan against children.

    I am all for basic childhood vaccination. But if vaccines become mRNA shots, I’d not want a needle near a child’s arm. It’s inconceivable that a pediatrician could advise such an injection in good conscience.

    Comment by Pat Frank — March 5, 2023 @ 7:44 am

  3. I have been opposed to capital punishment for some time but the governmental responses to Covid have changed my mind. I now want the Faucis, Birxes, and Hancocks strung up. We’ll just have to find a way of accelerating court cases to ensure it happens sooner rather than later. Of course it won’t be enough to execute only the public figures involved: lots of anonymous civil servants, public health officials, doctors, leaders of schoolteachers’ unions, heads of universities and the like need to swing too. I’m especially keen to see the death of corrupt “scientists” because they have corrupted the greatest intellectual innovation in human history.

    If only. But they’re ain’t no justice and that’s unlikely to change.

    Comment by dearieme — March 5, 2023 @ 10:12 am

  4. I don’t suppose my policy could be sold to the Woke, could it, on the grounds that those to be executed are overwhelmingly white?

    Come to think of it, it’s exceedingly odd that American Blacks haven’t taken up the idea that it’s all been a great white crime.

    Comment by dearieme — March 5, 2023 @ 10:15 am

  5. Question: You walk into a biolab. BSL4. They are working on a virus. How do you tell if the lab is defensive or offensive?

    Comment by Simple Simon — March 5, 2023 @ 11:29 am

  6. @dearieme–I’m totally with you.

    Comment by cpirrong — March 5, 2023 @ 4:05 pm

  7. @Simple Simon. False dichotomy. The defensive is offensive, and the offensive is rationalized as “defensive.”

    Comment by cpirrong — March 5, 2023 @ 4:07 pm

  8. @dearieme. Well, the Woke should swing too.

    Comment by cpirrong — March 5, 2023 @ 4:07 pm

  9. I used to be on a safety committee whose purview included a biolab BSL3. Consequently I felt sympathetic to the lab leak hypothesis from early days. I even wondered whether Wodehouse’s “Catsmeat” Potter-Pirbright might have had a brother Percy “Pangolin” Potter-Pirbright, so comical did the alternative sound.

    It now seems likely that pangolins have not a stain on their character.

    I do notice, though, that cynical characters are asking why arms of fedgov have suddenly publicised their recognition of the likelihood of its having been a lab leak. That’s probably a shrewd question.

    Comment by dearieme — March 5, 2023 @ 7:34 pm

  10. @dearieme. Yes. Just why people like Wray are now letting the cat out of the bag (or catsmeat, as it were) is indeed worth pondering. These things don’t happen by accident. My post presents one hypothesis/conjecture. Can’t be sure of the actual motive, but that’s the thing . . . there is a motive.

    Comment by cpirrong — March 5, 2023 @ 9:00 pm

  11. The pharma executives should swing too.
    ModeRNA has been researching RNA treatments for years without producing a single safe and effective drug. Then covid comes along and – hey presto! – an mRNA vaccine is approved in a few months when the normal timescale is decades.
    In order to get the vaccine into arms the lethality of covid had to be grotesquely exaggerated. This was easy to do with some ludicrously nonsensical computer modelling. So Ferguson should swing too.

    Was it a cock up or a conspiracy? On the political front, I lean towards cock up. We had a prime minister (Johnson) who didn’t know the difference between 0.04 and 0.04% and the rest of the British cabinet was no more numerate.

    Comment by philip — March 6, 2023 @ 7:21 am

  12. I have been opposed to capital punishment for some time but the governmental responses to Covid have changed my mind.

    I remember you saying quite often you want to see the law changed so we can hang Blair!

    I now want the Faucis, Birxes, and Hancocks strung up.

    Same. Any mercy will come in the form of using the long drop and eschewing piano wire.

    Comment by Tim Newman — March 6, 2023 @ 4:37 pm

  13. Rearrange the words: off, the, rats, ship, Scrambling.

    Comment by Sotosy1 — March 7, 2023 @ 10:14 am

  14. Well, I appreciate the tendency of the article. But what do we know? Was or is there o n e covid virus and this alone?
    The symptoms of the early reported hospitalized cases in Wuhan (Pneumonia) do not fit the covid symptoms (lung embolism). Early reports said there was similar US research in labs in other countries and a likely possibility would be the virus was taken to Wuhan and spread at the military olympics. It could have been more than one virus and different ones intentionally spread in different regions. Switzerland went to testing of symptomatic patients with flue like symptoms visting their MD to testing for 18 viruses in parallel (incl. 6 Influenca viruses and covid) from flu season 20/21 onwards: covid accounted only for roughly 20% of symptomatic patients. The biggest group was the one where none of the 18 viruses were found: 50% in 20/21 and 35% in 21/22 compated to 20% that existing sources give for this portion; and only 3% multiple infections found vs. up to 50% co-infections in existing sources. This indicates there was likely a parallel wave with an unknown pathogen and the covid cases might have been co-infected with it, but there was no specific test taken for it. But none of it was a bigger concern for people who kept their immune system fit.

    Comment by Mikey — March 8, 2023 @ 12:57 pm

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