Australian intelligence knocks back US government's Wuhan lab virus claim

4/05/2020 2:05:00 PM

Australian intelligence agencies have questioned evidence trumpeted by United States officials supposedly linking the coronavirus to a Wuhan laboratory

Australian intelligence agencies have questioned evidence trumpeted by United States officials supposedly linking the coronavirus to a Wuhan laboratory

Australian intelligence agencies are struggling to find the evidence trumpeted by the United States that supposedly pins the coronavirus on a Wuhan laboratory.

Play video Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday the Australian government did not have strong evidence linking the Wuhan lab to the virus.Trump says China will be held ‘accountable’ As we head into the fifth month of a global crisis described as the worst since World War 2, the mystery surrounding how the world only learnt of COVID-19’s severity once its rapid spread had already begun has fuelled a push for a probe into China’s handling of the disease.Australian and Chinese scientific collaboration needs to be ‘put on hold’ 03/05/2020 | 7min Liberal Senator Sarah Henderson has called for the federal government to “put on hold” scientific collaboration with China while an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus is conducted.The number of people lining up at Centrelink offices around the country shocked government officials.

"There's nothing that we have that would indicate that was the likely source," Mr Morrison said.Senior members of the Morrison government are concerned the promotion of the theory is hampering efforts by Australia to pursue an independent coronavirus inquiry and its push to permanently end the sale of exotic wildlife in Chinese wet markets.A censored messaging app, a reprimanded whistleblower and a scientist known as “batwoman” are just some of the puzzle pieces that have slowly trickled out from the origin of the deadly coronavirus – all of which indicate medical knowledge of human-to-human transmission was quashed over crucial days in December.China announced a ban on exotic wildlife meat at the peak of the local outbreak in February but it has not eliminated the sale of animals for medicinal use.Ms Henderson told Sky News host Sharri Markson the research conducted in Australia into viruses is “really important,” but the government needs to look at the connections between Australian scientists and “scientists from China including from Wuhan”.Chinese state media reacted furiously to the Wuhan lab Five Eyes claims published by News Corp Australia on Saturday, accusing it of perpetuating a US campaign led by Steve Bannon.While a clear “patient zero” has not been identified, a 55-year-old individual from the Hubei province in China is the first known person to contract the disease , according to unpublished Chinese government data reported by the South Morning China Post.Loading In a series of comments last week, Mr Bannon, a former executive chairman of far-right website Breitbart and advisor to President Donald Trump, said China had to be held accountable for a "biological Chernobyl" and accused the Wuhan lab of premeditated murder.We are a nation built by permanent migrants – think of the Snowy Hydro scheme.

Describing Mr Bannon as the "living fossil of the cold war," the Communist mouthpiece, People's Daily said the Trump administration was engaging in "unprecedented propaganda warfare" while trying to impede global efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.Official statements by the Chinese government to the WHO, however, say the first confirmed case had been diagnosed on 8 December, reported The Guardian.Li Haidong, a professor at the Institute of International Relations of the China Foreign Affairs University, said media allegations could further exacerbate rising political tensions."Some Australian media and political elites have lost their independent judgment of the country's overall interests and have adopted a US-led approach to smearing China over COVID-19," he told Beijing's Global Times.It was nine days later, on January 20, that Chinese president Xi Jinping first publicly addressed the issue of the virus, saying it had to be "resolutely contained".There was also widespread concern within the government about Victorian Liberal senator Sarah Henderson's comments in News Corp papers on Monday that called for all virus research by foreign scientists in Australian laboratories to stop until a safety and national security review was done.Loading Talking points distributed by the Prime Minister's office on Monday morning reminded Coalition MPs that the CSIRO undertakes due diligence before entering into research partnerships.THE SPREAD The first case outside of China was reported by the WHO in Thailand on January 13.As at June 2019 there were 2.

Senator Henderson was commenting on reports that the CSIRO's bio-containment facility in Geelong has been undertaking research jointly funded by the Australian and Chinese governments.CSIRO released a statement confirming it had no current joint research with the Wuhan Institute of Virology and said it undertook all research in accordance with strict biosecurity and legislative requirements, which took security concerns into account.Over the following days, authorities in the US, Nepal, France, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam and Taiwan confirmed cases of their own.Liberal MP Dave Sharma, who has been vocal in his calls for the global review, told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age he was not aware of any security concerns with CSIRO's research."Scientific research cooperation and collaboration on zoonotic diseases with scientists from China and elsewhere is valuable, and important to help us better understand the nature of these diseases," he said.By this point, China had reported more than 360 deaths.Sign up to our Coronavirus Update newsletter Get our Coronavirus Update newsletter for the day's crucial developments at a glance, the numbers you need to know and what our readers are saying.Migrant workers don't just pick fruit: one in five chefs, one in four cooks, one in six hospitality workers, and one in 10 nursing support and personal care workers in Australia hold a temporary visa.

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🦠🦠🦠🇺🇸💀💀💀fake news That’s because it’s wrong. Trump using it as political football I am totally confused about where the virus came from. Lab or wet market?! 🤔 Because it is insane. A Trump conspiracy Trump will threaten Scomo to toe his line...scomo will change his tune in due course. I’ve never been a patriot, but, for the first time in my 55 years, I’ve been proud of my country’s leadership. The US can pursue their agenda, Forrest and Stokes can pursue theirs too but I’m glad the Government (bipartisan) have handled this situation nobly.

In other words, Australian Intelligence asking how to be as competent as US Intelligence. Oh shut up fairfax! Are they doctors? Has Australian intelligence ever run a field hospital? What do they know about virology? Who holds the degrees? I think they should listen to people who have won Nobel prizes and told us it came from a lab and is a GMO virus.

COVID-19 spread: Chinese health experts that knew about coronavirusCensored messages, a whistleblower and a muzzled scientist known as “batwoman” - the blurry first days of COVID-19 are only now becoming clear as info trickles out from China. coronavirus They knew earlier than that. WWIII is actually happening. We just don't realise itbyet Just come clean. The truth will come out sooner or later. It’s not as though we don’t know what really happened.....

Australian intelligence..dopes , masterminds, or cover ups? It might be worth checking the information in this. It's circumstantial, but makes some sense: question, doubt, conspiracy-w/o an independent inquiry n smoking gun evidence, no one can make a conclusion We really need to figure out the origin, SARS-CoV in 2003, SARS-CoV-2 now, we surely don’t want the 3 in the future INNOCENT(?)CCP shd take the chance to clean its name

Fake news! How dare Australia agencies questioned evidence from US Fact is. Ordinary citizens will probably never find out. Most people will go with the story they think is most plausible, influenced by their political views and socio/cultural bias and situation. Wouldn't trust anything the US comes out with after WMD lies n 9/11 failure 👿👿👿

The White House is a mad house now. Australians, remember that USA have always stabbed us in our back in history. Like China, they're NOT the country we can trust. Sugar Daddy gonna spank you naughty Aussies. Good one them, Australia should not bow down, whether its the US or China its all the same. Australia for Australians

Shock horror. Mike Pompeo....what, he's lying?

Australian and Chinese scientific collaboration needs to be ‘put on hold’ | Sky News AustraliaLiberal Senator Sarah Henderson has called for the federal government to “put on hold” scientific collaboration with China while an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus is conducted.\n\nSenator Henderson said there needs to be a comprehensive review of virological research between countries as the “risk has been identified as a possible way a pandemic can be triggered”.\n\nWhile the Australian government has called for an international investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic and China’s handling of it, it has not gone the way of the US and severed scientific ties with the Wuhan Institute of Virology.\n\nMs Henderson told Sky News host Sharri Markson the research conducted in Australia into viruses is “really important,” but the government needs to look at the connections between Australian scientists and “scientists from China including from Wuhan”.\n\nIn an exclusive for the Daily Telegraph, Ms Markson uncovered Global intelligence agencies looking into the origins of COVID-19 found two Chinese scientists studied live bats in Australia as part of a joint research between the Chinese communist government and the Australian government.\n SenSHenderson like that chinese virologist in geelong SenSHenderson Agreed. Wise JoshFrydenberg ScottMorrisonMP JuliaGillard TurnbullMalcolm AlboMP DanielAndrewsMP AlexanderDowner SenatorWong UN HonJulieBishop WHO SenSHenderson Very smart. It is time we starved China of scientific knowledge, technology developments, and international trade.

Great. Now we’re wasting resources chasing after an American conspiracy theory. ScottMorrisonMP is this really the best use of taxpayers money at this time? auspol covid19 That's because it's a lie from Trump and his team, when they show the proof I will believe it. Hope that's not just an acting. let's wait and see

I don’t think the virus come from the wet market because that is what CCP has been trying to convince people to believe. Really? I call fakenews is that because they didn’t get approval from Beijing? It came from china.....laboratory, wet market....who gives a ****?! So have the US intelligence agencies. It’s a fiction promoted by Trump.

CCP should be happy to hear that from Australian intelligence!

Do we want migrants to return in the same numbers? The answer is noPerspective: Our economic recovery must help all Australians get back on their feet, and to do that we need a migration program that puts Australian workers first, writes Labor senator Kristina Keneally can we trade KK for a refugee on Manus Keep them out. Brilliant suggestion,,,,,100% agree with KK.

Well the US has proven Iraq and Saddam Hussein had W.M.D. yeah? Oh wait... I couldn't believe my eyes, Australian intel questioned USA!! It is same MO Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction, theme. Produce evidence. Can USA Leader focus on saving own citizens lives, instead of using Covid19 as political tools. Your citizens actually dying. No citizens No USA.

You mean beyond the fact they have pictures showing the lab was lying about its safety standards? It was paid to do the experiments but the lab is understaffed? Or the logical conclusion its the only place that makes sense? or just this Shame of you! I thought it was 5G tower nanobots. It's so hard to keep up with all the conspiracy theories. Stunning that one of the conspiracy theories is coming directly out of the White House! That's how far the institution has fallen.

Australia will not be Trump's mouth piece. We need to make that clear to both the USA & the PRC. However Australia needs to stand up for what we believe in we must rely on proper evidence & intelligence & we as a nation assume no guilt until that evidence is undeniable. SMH have Chinese overlords to protect? Fck China and it's Australian propaganda media wing.

'Australian intelligence' is an oxymoron when applied to agencies. After Chinese official threaten Australia products market in China? Good play on words ‘questioned’ . Of course they are investigating the communist land

Govt pumps $300m into hydrogen projects | Sky News AustraliaThe Morrison Government has established a $300 million fund to help finance Australian hydrogen energy projects.\n\nThe Advancing Hydrogen Fund is set to focus on growing a clean, innovative and competitive hydrogen industry in Australia.\n\nThe fund will back projects that align with the priorities under the National Hydrogen Strategy such as developing export and domestic supply chains, establishing hydrogen hubs and projects that build domestic demand for the energy source. Nuclear is the future Great initiative! Great idea ... But in the meantime, how about a new/rejuvenated clean coal generator... We need to, at least, halve power costs IF we are to resume international competition & local life style. Scott_morrisonMP

When evidence is manipulated to fit the designated political dogma - you get perverse outcomes. ‘... trumpeted...” Nice one’ but I bet it’s unintentional, nitwits.

Why Michael Waite went from overseeing Bill Gates' finances to establishing a Naracoorte newspaper - ABC NewsMichael Waite ran for US Congress and managed Bill Gates' investments. But helping establish a little Naracoorte newspaper could test all his skill. 👍❤️🇦🇺 Time for small businesses to take hold of Australia’s economy. Else too much power given to big corporations. If CEOs got greedy & powerful & being controlled by a country like China’s Regime, will put 🇦🇺 future generations into risky territory. I’m wanting to get into copy editing as my work. Does anyone know a small country newspaper who could do with a long distance volunteer? I need the experience.

China lied about origin of coronavirus, leaked intelligence report saysA damning dossier leaked from the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance claims that China lied to the world about human-to-human transmission of the virus, disappeared whistleblowers and refused to hand over virus samples so the West could make a vaccine. I still suspect the scum barbaric Chinese communist government deliberately spread the disease to the world 🤮🤮🤮 And they have been, and still are, lying about the deaths in their country Wow leaked source from “the five eyes intelligence” …are we back in fighting the Cold War already?