A leaked email from 2009 reveal that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knew about — and possibly covered up — the danger of the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
In a leaked State Department cable, Clinton warned that the Wuhan Institute of Virology could lead to “biological weapons proliferation concern.”
The cable was obtained from Wikileaks, and was sent in June of 2009 from the State Department to all embassies in member nations just before the Australia Group plenary session in Paris, which took place from September 21st to September 25th, 2009.
According to Human Events, “The Australia Group is an international export control forum organized to prevent the spread of technologies and research that could be used in chemical and biological weapons. All Five Eyes nations are members of the group, including the EU, India, Japan, and South Korea. China is not a member of the group.”
In the cable, Hillary Clinton writes: “We believe it is important to focus on emerging chemical and biological technologies, trends in the trade of CBW-related goods and threats.”
In a note to to France included in the cable, Clinton says: “The U.S. believes participants would benefit from hearing about your experiences assisting China in setting up a Biosafety Level-4 (BSL-4) laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology from the export control and intangible technology transfer perspectives. We are particularly interested to know how China plans to vet incoming foreign researchers from countries of biological weapons proliferation concern.”
Speaking more broadly about China’s biological weapons program, Clinton’s cable noted:
“The U.S. believes AG members would be interested in any information you can share related to China and North Korea, specifically information related to:
- China’s Institutes of Biological Products (locations in Beijing and Wuhan), to include overhead imagery analysis, if possible.
- Your perceptions of the CBW proliferation activities by Chinese entities.
- Your perceptions of Chinese government efforts to enforce its export control rules.”
Of course, Clinton kept these concerns to herself once the COVID pandemic hit, even referring to allegations that it leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology — the very lab she expressed concerns about — as racist, and blaming the allegations for attacks on Asian-Americans, without evidence.
This week I spoke to @SenDuckworth about the recent rise in anti-Asian bigotry fueled by Donald Trump's racist rhetoric, her own experiences with prejudice, and what we can all do to help #StopAsianHate.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 31, 2021
Whether it was because she didn’t want to give Trump a win, or because she wanted to hide the fact that she was concerned — but did nothing — about the lab leak, it is clear Clinton was lying. The question is, will she ever be held accountable for her actions?