There is a lot of technical data in this post, but hang in there with me!!
This past week, thousands of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s emails were released through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests from Buzzfeed and the Washington Post. (The emails were not leaked but rather the result of an official request. Link to the entire trove received by BuzzFeed can be found here: LEOPOLD NIH FOIA Anthony Fauci Emails – DocumentCloud)
Fauci, the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984, became a prominent face of the nation’s response to the pandemic, appearing at White House COVID-19 briefings and numerous interviews. His emails revealed that much of what was being said PUBLICLY regarding the pandemic varied from what was being discussed in PRIVATE.
There is much to unpack from the 3,000+ emails so I am going to address a couple of key items in this post and will follow up with more topics in a later post.
Highlight: Fauci Knew Virus Was Potentially Result of Lab Leak
Despite testifying to the contrary before Congress, Fauci had been warned that COVID-19 was potentially engineered and released from a lab leak. (Just this week, a report on the origins of COVID-19 by a U.S. government national laboratory concluded that the hypothesis of a virus leak from a Chinese lab in Wuhan is plausible and deserves further investigation. U.S. report concluded COVID-19 may have leaked from Wuhan lab – WSJ | Reuters)
Fauci was told by National Institute of Health (NIH) scientist Kristian Andersen on January 31, 2020 that the Wuhan coronavirus looked “potentially engineered.” (Andersen just deactivated his Twitter account this week after deleting 5,000 tweets.) In other words, it was possibly manipulated in a lab through gain of function research. And yet, that’s not what Fauci said publicly as he rejected the possibility of a lab leak in interviews, during testimony to Congress and during official White House Task Force briefings. On April 18, 2020, THREE MONTHS after being told the virus looked engineered, Fauci told reporters at the White House, unequivocally, it didn’t come from a lab. Most of the media then reported his remarks as ‘debunking’ a conspiracy theory.”
Highlight: Fauci Circumvented Protective Procedures
Fauci, as director of NAIAD, circumvented procedures to protect against funding dangerous gain of function research by indirectly funding through the nonprofit group, EcoHealth Alliance.
Gain of function research is medical research that alters an organism or disease in a way that increases pathogenesis, transmissibility or host range. Senator Rand Paul said recently during the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing “Gain of function research, as you know, is juicing up naturally occurring animal viruses to infect humans. To arrive at the truth, the U.S. government should admit that the Wuhan Virology Institute was experimenting to enhance the coronavirus’s ability to infect humans.”
The U.S. government banned funding for gain of function research in 2014 but the Wuhan Institute of Virology was still operating and conducting the controversial research using U.S. taxpayer dollars through a series of loopholes. Federal funding for gain-of-function research was resumed in late 2017 after the Potential Pandemic Pathogens Control and Oversight (P3CO) Framework was formed within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The review board is tasked with critically evaluating whether grants that involve enhancing dangerous pathogens, such as coronaviruses, are worth the risks and that proper safeguards are in place.
But the NIH sub-agency that awarded the grant to the nonprofit group EcoHealth Alliance to study Chinese bat coronaviruses opted AGAINST forwarding it to the P3CO committee, meaning the research received federal funding without an independent review by the HHS board. (Note for future reference: The president of EcoHealth Alliance is Peter Daszak.)
Rutgers University professor of chemical biology Richard H. Ebright said the offices of the director for the NIAID (Fauci), the subagency that funded EcoHealth, and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have “systematically thwarted- indeed systematically nullified-the HHS P3CO Framework by declining to flag and forward proposals for review.” US Grant to Wuhan Lab to Enhance Bat-Based Coronaviruses Was Never Scrutinized by HHS Review Board: NIH (ntd.com)
This loophole in the process allowed NIAID to hide research that didn’t meet the standard for gain of function from the P3CO Framework review board. (Fauci previously defended gain of function research in 2012 and said it might be worth it even if it caused a pandemic. Read more at: Fauci In 2012: Gain-Of-Function Research Is Worth Pandemic Risk (thefederalist.com))
Highlight: Facebook Actively Censored Lab-Leak Articles
Facebook was actively censoring articles exploring the lab leak theory even though Fauci had been made aware of the possibility. A March 17, 2020 email revealed an exchange between Fauci and Mark Zuckerberg, in which they share mobile numbers and plan to coordinate efforts to get people to comply with Fauci’s messaging, including social distancing for everyone, but the details of their plan are not included in the email exchange.
At the same time, there were internal concerns about a potential lab leak, Facebook was actively censoring articles exploring the lab leak theory, labeling them ‘false information’ and punishing news publishers by limiting their reach on the platform, before the social media giant sheepishly reversed course last month. At the time, Facebook’s ‘independent fact checkers’ relied on an article in The Lancet letter, which played a key role in suppressing early debate on the pandemic’s origins.
The Lancet article, which purported to ‘debunk’ a New York Post opinion column questioning China’s denials of a lab leak scenario, prominently cited a letter to The Lancet, a leading medical journal, signed by 27 eminent public health expert’. This letter was not only signed but actually organized by Peter Daszak, the President of EcoAlliance who was referenced earlier.
Emails revealed that Fauci forwarded Daszak “anti-conspiracy theory” articles that quoted him attacking the lab-leak idea. Daszak and others wrote Fauci personally to thank him for helping debunk the theory. Read more at: Facebook fact checkers cited Lancet letter Wuhan lab funder Peter Daszak to debunk lab leak (Daily Mail Online)
At a minimum, the release of Fauci’s emails should prompt an investigation into his connection with EcoAlliance and the indirect, unapproved funding of gain of function research. In the short-term, the pressure for Fauci to be fired from his position as director of NIAID is growing.
Senator Ted Cruz tweeted that “Facebook could be taken to court by users that had posts about the #WuhanLabLeak hypothesis censored, since recently disclosed #FauciEmails show correspondence between him and #MarkZuckerberg before such information was censored.”
Questions need to be answered as to why a private citizen, with his own private interests is getting this incredible level of influence over decisions that will affect the freedoms and liberties of everyday Americans.
Be encouraged! This is answer to prayer for those who have been crying out for all truth to be revealed. Stand firm.
“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” Luke 8:17
Stay tuned. More to follow . . .