(TheConservativeNews.org) – The theory that COVID-19 originated in a lab, which was widely restricted and censored until recently, is now gaining a lot of traction in political and media circles. The emergence of the so-called “lab leak” theory has inspired fury in some quarters, as many are pointing out the damage the suppression of the idea has done.
The episode is reminiscent of other efforts by the liberal elite to smother narratives that don’t feed into their agendas.
Lindsey Graham Draws Comparison With Russia Probe
On Thursday, June 10, Fox News published an op-ed by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in which he questions the motivation behind the early dismissal of the lab leak theory. Graham suggests that this episode bears similarities to “Russiagate,” the political scandal that was the investigation into Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
After the massive FBI investigation into this alleged wrongdoing by Trump presented no evidence of his guilt, people quickly realized it was a hoax set up to damage him. Graham referred specifically to the role of the Steele Dossier in executing this political maneuver.
What Was the Steele Dossier?
The Steele Dossier contained unverified intelligence from a British private spy named Christopher Steele. After FBI agents Lisa Page and Peter Strzok failed to realize the document was a Russian disinformation campaign, it became the legal basis for the Mueller investigation.
That infamous probe failed to incriminate then-President Donald Trump. It also cost the American taxpayer millions and caused huge damage to the credibility of the FBI in the eyes of the public.
Graham compared the use of this document to the media’s pursuit of a particular outcome to the story of COVID-19’s origins. He thinks American scientists were determined to push the narrative that the virus was born naturally, and they were willing to ignore or manipulate facts in order to convince people. He pointed to the fact that scientists actually dismissed the idea of COVID-19 coming from a lab as a “conspiracy theory” in the earlier days of the pandemic.
What’s Happening With the Lab Leak Theory Now?
In a June 6 report, Al Jazeera said the lab leak theory became “perniciously intertwined” with the political agenda of Donald Trump, leading many commentators to dismiss it. Now, however, it has taken center stage, and this time Trump can’t take the blame.
Part of the problem at this point is China has repeatedly refused to facilitate independent investigation into the virus’ origins. Experts are still divided on the question of how likely it is COVID-19 came from a lab, though most now acknowledge it as a real possibility. We will have to wait and see what happens as more evidence emerges and analyses reach their conclusions.
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