“On the Holmes Front,” with Frank Holmes
Liberal critics slam President Donald Trump for having strained relations with the People’s Republic of China, but there’s one area where the two nations’ governments cooperated: Covering up the origins of the COVID-19 virus.
Beijing and Washington worked together to delete early sequences—parts of the genetic make-up—of the earliest versions of the coronavirus and keep scientists from seeing them.
Why would they want them out of scientists’ hands? What secrets would they reveal?
For once, The New York Times helps give us some idea of what’s at stake. “Scientist Finds Early Virus Sequences That Had Been Mysteriously Deleted,” reported the Times—but it’s actually not too mysterious once you read their findings.
Scientists are looking for a missing group of 241 samples of the virus that were collected in Wuhan’s Renmin Hospital by Chinese scientist Aisi Fu as the coronavirus first broke out. The scientist studies them and published the research—which included the sequences—and uploaded them to the U.S. database.
But when American researcher Jesse Bloom tried to find them, the sequences were gone.
Bloom searched every database and repository mentioned in any of the research papers, looked them up, and found a big void where they should be.
What he found seems unbelievable: Scientists had the earliest variations of the Wuhan virus in their hands, but they have been scrubbed from the internet by the Chinese Communist regime—and the U.S. government let China do it.
The National Institutes of Health admitted that, when the Chinese asked them to delete unique versions of the virus and prevent scientists from accessing them, the U.S. government saluted and said, “Yes, comrade.”
These virus “sequences were submitted for posting in SRA in March 2020 and subsequently requested to be withdrawn by the submitting investigator in June 2020,” said Renate Myles, an NIH spokeswoman. Still, the Biden administration said there’s nothing to see here. “Submitting investigators hold the rights to their data and can request withdrawal of the data,” said the NIH in a statement.
The NIH practically admitted covering up the origins of the global health pandemic was just business as usual between the Chinese Communist Party and the U.S. Deep State. The experts can’t figure out why Beijing would want this information out of public view. “NIH can’t speculate on motive beyond the investigator’s stated intentions,” said the government. “It’s not clear why this valuable information went missing in the first place,” said the New York Times.
But Bloom’s official report on the deletions says it “seems likely that the sequences were deleted to obscure their existence.”
Once you understand what he found, it’s obvious why China would want these samples deleted: They might just give up the game that this killer virus “originated in nature.”
Bloom went the extra mile and actually found 13 of the deleted sequences that hadn’t been purged from the Google Cloud.
He looked at the genetic material, which gives us the earliest look at how the virus progressed, and he couldn’t believe what he saw.
The viruses he found in the cloud “actually have three extra mutations that are missing from [virus] samples collected weeks later,” the New York Times reported. “In other words, those later viruses look more like coronaviruses found in bats, supporting the idea that there was some early lineage of the virus that did not pass through the seafood market.”
In other words, it implies that the virus originated in a lab and that scientists later introduced it to a bat, and then to a human—and then to millions of people globally.
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The Chinese Communists’ deletions of the viruses “provide evidence of deliberate obfuscation of early events in the emergence of” the Wuhan virus “and evidence of deliberate obstruction of the investigation,” said Rutgers University Professor Richard Ebright.
China has an obvious reason to cover this up—but why would the U.S. government cooperate? Why wouldn’t the NIH at least begin its own research on the sequences before they deleted them from the scientific record forever?
Could it be that they were worried it would shine a light on U.S. funding of genetic modification, “gain of function” research, and mutations of the coronavirus taking place at the Wuhan Institute of Virology?
The American people—especially the relatives of the 603,000 people who died from the coronavirus, many of whom weren’t allowed to attend their loved ones’ funerals—deserve an answer.
In fact, we demand it.
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”