House GOP Leak Covid Conspiracy Docs on ‘Accident’ – Watch
In a stunning development, House Republicans appear to have accidentally released a trove of new documents related to their investigation into the origins of COVID-19. The messages were released in a report on the origins of COVID-19 published this week by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Messages sent by scientists who contributed to the paper revealed that the report’s conclusion was a product of politics and deception rather than honest scientific rigor, however.
The report was prepared using “Acrobat PDFMaker 23 for Word,” and it included cropped screenshots of emails and messages exchanged by scientists and researchers who worked on or were consulted about the paper, according to The Intercept.
“Cropped parts of the picture are not removed from the file, and can potentially be seen by others,” Microsoft notes, according to The Intercept. “If there is sensitive information in the area you’re cropping out make sure you delete the cropped areas.”
“The SSCP has released hundreds of pages of investigatory material and is committed to a transparent investigation into the origins of COVID-19. Messages related to the report are consistent with its conclusions and the facts of the investigation. Highlighting specific excerpts to emphasize statements and details is a common investigatory practice,” a spokesperson for the subcommittee, led by Ohio Republican Rep. Brad Wenstrup, told The Daily Wire in a statement.
“Given the s*** show that would happen if anyone serious accused the Chinese of even accidental release, my feeling is we should say that given there is no evidence of a specifically engineered virus, we cannot possibly distinguish between natural evolution and escape so we are content with ascribing it to natural process,” Dr. Andrew Rambaut wrote in a February 2020 Slack message.
Dr. Kristian Andersen replied: “Yup, I totally agree that that’s a very reasonable conclusion. Although I hate when politics is injected into science – but its [sic] impossible not to, especially given the circumstances.”
The documents also raise serious questions about the integrity of the scientific process. If scientists are under pressure to reach a predetermined conclusion, then the results of their research are suspect.