Employees of the Wuhan laboratory, which became the center of world attention after the spread of a new type of coronavirus, have fled the country and are cooperating with Western intelligence services. This statement was made on Sunday on the pages of the British newspaper Sunday Mirror by former assistant to the US President Steve Bannon.
According to him, “certain defectors are working” with the Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) “to try to piece together the information about what happened” in the Wuhan lab. He expressed the opinion that the mentioned institution was “terribly managed”.
“They are not talking to the press yet, but there are people from the Wuhan laboratory and from other laboratories who have come to the West and pass evidence of the guilt of the Communist party of China. I think people will be shocked,” the former adviser to us President Donald Trump told the newspaper. “People from these laboratories have been leaving China and Hong Kong since mid-February, US intelligence along with British counterintelligence service MI-5 and British foreign intelligence service MI-6 are preparing a very thorough court case,” he added.
The article does not provide comments from the US or UK intelligence agencies, nor the position of official China on Bannon’s allegations.
Charges from the US
US Secretary of state Michael Pompeo earlier said that Washington has evidence that the coronavirus allegedly began to spread from a laboratory in Wuhan. Later Trump pointed out that the coronavirus could have left the Wuhan Institute of Virology due to incompetence of the staff.
In April, Chinese foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that the version of artificial creation of the coronavirus is not supported by any evidence. So he commented on the publication of the American TV channel Fox News that the first person infected with the coronavirus was a laboratory employee in Wuhan.
An outbreak of the coronavirus-induced disease was recorded in late 2019 in Central China and has spread to most countries. On March 11, the world health organization recognized it as a pandemic. Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 12.7 million people have been infected with the coronavirus in the world, and about 565 thousand have died.