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Classified State Department documents credibly suggest COVID-19 lab leak; Wenstrup pushes for declassification

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic recently reviewed classified U.S. Department of State (State Department) documents that credibly suggest COVID-19 originated from a lab related accident in Wuhan, China. 

The documents also strongly convey that the Chinese Communist Party attempted to cover-up the lab leak and that the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) maintains a relationship with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Chairman Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) is requesting the State Department rapidly declassify this information and share the truth about the origins of COVID-19 with the American people.

These documents were previously released in an unclassified and highly redacted Freedom of Information Act production, first obtained and reported on by U.S. Right to Know — a nonprofit working to expose government failures that threaten public health. The redacted documents showed numerous, highly suggestive subject lines including:

• “Initial Outbreak Could Have Been Contained in China if Beijing Had Not Covered it Up;”

• “Xi Lied to Obfuscate His Role in the Cover-Up;”

• “PLA Contractor Involved in the Construction of the Wuhan Institute of Virology;”

• “PLA Presence at WIV Continued After Construction Completed;”

• “Official Chinese Websites Show Robust Cooperation between WIV and PLA;” and

• “Cyber Evidence of PLA Shadow Labs at WIV and Bioengineering University.”

As mounting evidence continues to point to a lab related accident in Wuhan, China as the likely origin of the COVID-19 pandemic, safely removing these superfluous redactions is a step towards transparency and accountability.

“We write to you today to request that you immediately take steps to declassify this information such that the American people have a more complete picture of the government’s evidence regarding the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic,” wrote Chairman Wenstrup.

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