It’s not so hidden…
When we talk about Chinese information warfare and the effectiveness of its propaganda operations the discussion sometimes seems a bit abstract. We are aware the Chinese do this, and we are often aware of the effectiveness of their efforts, but it can feel like what we are witnessing is the result of some “invisible hand.” Turns out often that hand is not invisible at all.
Consider the case of the Wuhan lab, the “wet market” lie, and Peter Daszak
When the COVID-19 pandemic first struck the United States, and we began to search for its origins, we now know there was more than enough evidence to suggest strongly that what we were seeing was a virus that had escaped from a Chinese lab in Wuhan, China engaged in ‘gain of function‘ research. In fact, we now know that research was being funded in part by Dr. Fauci’s NIH – and that the Department of State had warned two years earlier about a possible pandemic that could originate from this same lab.
Amazing it's even a story that @Livermore_Lab scientists thought the #pandemic might have started from an accidental lab incident. Only the brain dead and ideologues could have believed this was not a credible hypothesis from day one. @zlj517 #COVID19 https://t.co/E3c4Xleqcr— Jamie Metzl (@JamieMetzl) May 3, 2021
Despite all of this, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) trotted out a story about the virus originating at a seafood market, and almost immediately the American media began to parrot that line. Rapidly thereafter all the social media behemoths picked up the same story and censored anyone who questioned it. Communist style censorship came to the United States in the blink of an eye.
How? Well, in part, it appears due to the efforts of a man named Peter Daszak.
Daszak is the head of a company called EcoHealth Alliance. He has longstanding ties to the Wuhan lab at the center of the pandemic controversy. Daszak is the contractor who funded the WIV’s research on bat SARS-related coronaviruses, with subcontracts of $200 million in USAID funding and $7 million in NIH funding.
Strangely enough – despite Daszak’s obvious conflict of interest in the matter – he was named to be part of the WHO team that investigated the origins of the pandemic. He also then headed up the review team for the medical journal Lancet and drafted the now infamous report published in that journal dismissing concerns about the possible laboratory origins of the virus and championing the Chinese Communist Party’s claim that the pandemic originated in a seafood market.