Thursday, 3 June 2021

 

China would have destroyed Covid lab leak evidence, says ex-MI6 chief

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A security guard tries to block a photographer at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where some claim Covid-19 originated
A security guard tries to block a photographer at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where some claim Covid-19 originated
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Evidence of any lab leak that may have caused the coronavirus pandemic will have been destroyed by Chinese officials by now, a former MI6 chief has said.

Sir Richard Dearlove, who headed the Secret Intelligence Service between 1999 and 2004, said it would now be difficult to prove that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was experimenting to make a coronavirus that would be more deadly to humans.Speaking to The Daily Telegraph’s Planet Normal podcast, he also said that the West had been naive in trusting China, which had infiltrated scientific institutions and journals in the UK and elsewhere.

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