May 31, 2021

How Biden Came Around to the Wuhan Lab-Leak Theory

Featuring David Feith

Source: Financial Times

Journalist Demetri Sevastopulo

When Joe Biden ordered US intelligence last week to intensify efforts to determine the origins of Covid-19, he gave fresh life to the theory that the virus may have leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The US president said that US intelligence had “coalesced around two scenarios” — that the virus had either emerged naturally or was the result of a lab accident.

It was the first time that the president had given credence to the possibility that the virus had leaked from a lab — a notion widely slammed as a conspiracy theory when Donald Trump first made the claim.

Read the full story and more from the Financial Times.

Authors

  • David Feith

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Indo-Pacific Security Program

    David Feith served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Before that, he was an editorial writer for The Wall Street Journal in Hong ...