According to a CNN report, the US intelligence agencies are getting ready to shrug their shoulders and deduce they can’t figure out where COVID-19 came from.
America’s organizations fall short to provide responses to the general populace when they are most needed; the gap between what the president says and what might be actually happening grows alarmingly wide.
As per three sources familiar with the matter, intelligence authorities are coming towards the end of a 90-day inquiry into the genesis of COVID; they have prepared a secret report that is presented in the initial evaluation process.
Was It from Bats or Something More Sinister?
After three months of combing over information and mathematical aptitude, people familiar with the first report say the executive branch is still split between two hypotheses.
One states that the disease started in a lab in Wuhan, China; another hypotheses alleged that it migrated spontaneously from animals to humans. According to one insider, the study currently contains “nothing really world-shaking.”
China on Friday rejected the World Health Organization's calls for a renewed probe into the origins of Covid-19, saying it supported "scientific" over "political" efforts to find out how the virus started.https://t.co/ZUZlMoonl8
— News24 (@News24) August 13, 2021
We thought there was a slim possibility that this intelligence study would come out and say it was a laboratory leak. However, CNN reported last week that the intelligence agencies had a promising lead and that it would require time to pursue it through to the finish.
US intelligence services are sifting via a mountain of genomics information that, if deciphered, might lead to the discovery of the coronavirus’s beginnings.
Blueprints Suggest It Was Born in a Lab
Several current and former officials told CNN that this massive data includes genetic blueprints extracted from viral samples researched at a lab in Wuhan, China.
Moreover, some officials suspect these blueprints may have been the origin of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Origins of Covid-19: unanswered questions.#AFPGraphics on key questions about the origins of the global pandemic, with a summary of findings from the WHO-China Joint Report revealed in March pic.twitter.com/bIEuSUmpdg
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) August 13, 2021
It’s unknown when US intelligence services got their hands on the material; however, the computers that create and interpret genetic information from infections are often linked to outside cloud-based systems.
This leaves the prospect that they were compromised open, according to experts. Still, turning this pile of raw data into useful information (which is just one aspect of the intelligence community’s 90-day effort to figure out what caused the epidemic) has a number of problems.
These problems include obtaining enough processing capacity to analyze it all. Intelligence services rely on powerful computers at the National Labs of the Department of Energy, a group of 17 premier federal research organizations, to do this.
— CNA (@ChannelNewsAsia) August 13, 2021
There was also the question of personnel. Intelligence services require not only scientists who are capable of interpreting complex gene sequencing information and who have the appropriate top-secret clearance, but they also must be able to communicate in Mandarin, as the data is published in Chinese and uses technical words.
Anything in those biological blueprints must attract the intelligence community’s interest. Is it possible that one of the genomic blueprints extracted from virus samples investigated at the Wuhan lab could resemble or be strikingly similar to — say, one alteration away from — the biological blueprint extracted from the initial SARS-CoV-2 cases?