Bombshell ‘Five Eyes’ Western intelligence dossier claims China lied about human-to-human transmission, ‘disappeared’ whistle-blowers and refused to help other countries prepare a vaccine for coronavirus
- A leaked 15-page dossier from the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence alliance says China’s secrecy over the pandemic is an ‘assault on international transparency’
- The US, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand intelligence agencies have exposed a series of cover-ups
- It claims Five Eyes found a ‘deadly denial of human-to-human transmission’
- Researchers who tried to raise the alarm have been silenced or disappeared and evidence of the outbreak was destroyed, it adds
- Report shows China refused to hand over virus samples to develop vaccines and censored its internet
- China also allegedly censored virus news on search engines from December
- The leaked files show the nations have evidence the virus was leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
Published: 02:34 EDT, 2 May 2020 | Updated: 06:13 EDT, 2 May 2020
China lied about the human-to-human transmission of coronavirus, made whistle-blowers disappear and refused to help nations develop a vaccine, a leaked intelligence dossier reveals.
The 15-page document drawn up by the Five Eyes security alliance brands Beijing’s secrecy over the pandemic an ‘assault on international transparency’ and points to cover-up tactics deployed by the regime.
It claims that the Chinese government silenced its most vocal critics and expunged any scepticism about its handling of the health emergency from the internet.
China has roundly come under fire for suppressing the scale of its early outbreak which did not afford other nations time to react before the disease hit their shores.
Five Eyes – the pooling of intelligence by the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – laid bare its scathing assessment of the Xi Jinping administration in the memo obtained by the Australian Saturday Telegraph.
Donald Trump has been leading the Western backlash to China, while Downing Street yesterday said ‘there are questions to be answered’ of Covid-19’s origins.
The smoking gun file claims to have found evidence the virus spawned in the Wuhan Institute of Virology, close to the wet market China says it came from.
But the paper describes how the state buried all early signs of the disease by ‘destroying’ laboratory samples and bleaching market stalls.
In a damning portrayal of a mass cover-up, the bombshell report reveals:
- Chinese researchers of bat-related viruses studied a sample which had a 96 per cent genetic match to Covid-19 as early as 2013;
- Their ‘risky’ research found in 2015 that the disease was transmissible from bats to humans;
- Information on asymptomatic carriers of the disease was ‘kept silent’ by the Chinese state;
- Beijing started censoring search engines in December to stop any internet surfing relating to the virus;
- The World Health Organisation followed China by denying evidence of human-to-human transmission until late January despite concerns raised by neighbouring countries’;
- The Five Eyes countries lashed out at China for criticising other countries’ flight freezes while simultaneously locking down Hubei Province.
A leaked 15-page dossier from the Five Eyes intelligence alliance claims China’s secrecy over the pandemic is an ‘assault on international transparency’. The files show the nations were probing the possibility the virus was leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (above)
What is the Five Eyes alliance?
The Five Eyes alliance is an intelligence-sharing pact among the leading English-speaking nations: US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
It is one of the most comprehensive pooling of security information in the world and dates back to the Second World War.
Its cornerstone arrangement is ECHELON – a mammoth surveillance system operated by the US and used by the other members.
Although the group have largely had shared interests – especially during the Cold War when the Soviet threat level spiked – the agreement has come under strain.
Britain’s decision to sub-contract Chinese telecommunications giant Huwaei to build part of the 5G network is a sticking point, with the US voicing concerns and hinting it could jeopardise intelligence sharing.
Intelligence officials found a series of cover-ups by the Chinese government including the ‘deadly denial of human-to-human transmission’, the silencing or ‘disappearing’ of researchers who tried to raise the alarm, the hiding or destruction of evidence of the outbreak and a refusal to hand over live virus samples to other countries to enable them to develop vaccines.
China’s cover-up of the seriousness of the outbreak can be traced back to early December, the dossier reveals.
China had ‘evidence of human-human transmission from early December,’ the intelligence found, but continued to deny it could spread this way until January 20.
‘Despite evidence of human-human transmission from early December, PRC authorities deny it until January 20,’ it states.
‘The World Health Organisation does the same. Yet officials in Taiwan raised concerns as early as December 31, as did experts in Hong Kong on January 4.’
The report reveals China then started censoring news of the virus on search engines from December 31, deleting terms such as ‘SARS variation, ‘Wuhan Seafood market’ and ‘Wuhan Unknown Pneumonia.’
On January 3, China’s National Health Commission then reportedly ordered virus samples be destroyed and issued a ‘no-publication order’ about the virus.
The papers highlight that China imposed travel bans on people traveling throughout the nation but continued to tell the rest of the world travel bans were unnecessary.
‘Millions of people leave Wuhan after the outbreak and before Beijing locks down the city on January 23,’ it reads, according to The Telegraph.
‘Thousands fly overseas. Throughout February, Beijing presses the US, Italy, India, Australia, Southeast Asian neighbors and others not to protect themselves via travel restrictions, even as the PRC imposes severe restrictions at home.’
Human rights groups believe Mr Fang Bin (right) – along with lawyer Chen Qiushi and former state TV reporter Li Zehua (left) – are in extrajudicial detention centers
Dr. Shi Zhengli pictured in a lab in 2017. Her research into deadly bat-derived coronaviruses was cited a key concern by the intelligence, according to the dossier
Doctors and scientists who tried to raise the alarm about the virus and China’s handling of it have also vanished or been punished, according to the documents.
Huang Yan Ling, a researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and thought to be patient zero for the global pandemic, mysteriously disappeared and her biography was deleted from the lab’s website.
The institute has denied she was patient zero and said she is alive but she has not been heard from since.
Other whistleblowers including businessman Fang Bin, lawyer Chen Qiushi and former state TV reporter Li Zehua are reportedly being held in extrajudicial detention centers for speaking out about China’s response to the pandemic.
The dossier shows some disagreement among the Five Eyes nations over whether the virus originated in the Wuhan lab or the wet market, the Telegraph reported.
It claims the nations were probing the possibility the virus was leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, with several studies led by scientist Dr. Shi Zhengli being cited as concerns in the report.
A Wuhan food market. Australia has maintained the virus most likely came from the Wuhan live animal market and said there was only a 5 percent chance it came from the lab. Australia’s own connections with the lab were also documented in the dossier, according to The Telegraph
The dossier outlines that Zhengli and her team have conducted research in the lab into deadly bat-derived coronaviruses, with at least one of the virus samples being a 96 per cent genetic match for COVID-19.
‘Yes I have. Yes I have,’ Trump said when asked if he had seen proof the virus originated in the institute.
He would not divulge what the evidence was that confirmed his suspicions.
However, Australia has maintained the virus most likely came from the Wuhan live animal market and said there was only a 5 percent chance it came from the lab.
Australia’s own connections with the lab were also documented in the dossier, according to The Telegraph.
The Telegraph reported that the Australian government trained and funded key scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, as part of an ongoing partnership between the CSIRO and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The team members worked in the CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory where they carried out research into deadly pathogens in live bats.
It was revealed in April that the Wuhan Institute of Virology had received a $3.7million grant from the US government, and had been carrying out research on bats.
This week, Trump said he had seen evidence that coronavirus may have been created in the Chinese lab
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