Why the COVID lab leak cover-up is similar to Chernobyl
On Tuesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray dropped a nuclear-level bomb.
In an interview with Fox News, the nation’s top G-man finally admitted what much of the world already believes: that COVID-19 “most likely” originated from an incident at a Chinese government-controlled lab in Wuhan – with emphasis on incidentno accident.
Wray’s public confirmation of a position his agency has apparently held for “quite some time” came a day after the This was reported by the Wall Street Journal that the US Department of Energy (DOE) had come to a similar conclusion.
According to a classified report submitted to the White House and members of Congress, DOE officials — many who oversee national laboratories conducting biological research — now agree that the COVID pandemic “most likely” arose from a laboratory leak.
These revelations come after three years of claims by everyone from the US government to major spy agencies to Washington’s COVID policy dictator, Dr. Anthony Fauci, that “natural occurrence” was the only possible cause of the coronavirus pandemic.
It wasn’t Wuhan’s virology lab that released the virus; the lab where US-funded research took place, they insisted.
Rather, the virus originated in a nearby slaughterhouse. And anyone who dared to deviate from the party line, including medical professionals, was labeled a wild conspiracy theorist, racist, or both.
As I watch the COVID pandemic scandal unravel, I can’t help but flashback to my hometown, the USSR and the Chernobyl nuclear accident that happened 37 years ago in Soviet-era Ukraine.
Indeed, the sham COVID lab leaks now happening in my adopted homeland are eerily reminiscent of the Soviet cover-up orchestrated in the aftermath of the worst nuclear disaster in world history.
There are striking similarities between the tactics employed by Washington today – and Moscow decades ago – as the ruling classes clamor to prevent their citizens from learning the truth.
On the night of April 25 to 26, 1986, an explosion and fire destroyed the Chernobyl 4 reactor about 60 miles from Kiev, which sent a radioactive cloud into the sky that spread over the Soviet Union and northern Europe.
Like initial US efforts to minimize the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in early 2020, the Soviets denied early reports that there had even been an accident.
Indeed, an order to evacuate the area did not arrive until 36 hours after the accident.
It wasn’t until Sweden, Finland and Denmark reported unusually high levels of radiation that the Kremlin finally acknowledged the situation.
Meanwhile, people were already dying from acute radiation syndrome (ARS), suffering from nosebleeds, nausea and vomiting, as the government called for “volunteers” from across the country to help clean up.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, who flipped every possible COVID-related issue — from the effectiveness of masks to the benefit of the vaccine — would have been proud of the masterful denial and deception campaign unleashed by Soviet apparatchiks on both the domestic and international public . .
Just as Fauci argued that masking was not necessary in the early months of the pandemicSoviet-controlled media called Western reports of the accident unfounded and claimed everything was under control.
‘The problem is getting better’ assured an official of the Soviet Embassy in the United States curious minds in the US government after the accident.
Meanwhile Soviet news presenters insisted to their compatriots that “the troubles are over”.
As for Fauci, it turns out those early mask messages were merely an attempt to preserve scarce protective gear in the face of likely shortages.
During the Chernobyl period, I was a Moscow university, like everyone else, subject to heavy anti-American indoctrination.
We dismissed those early news reports as Western disinformation.
A French teacher even told the class that she had received a letter from her mother, who lived in a village not far from the contaminated area, inviting her to visit that summer.
Years later I learned that my own mother and aunt had gone to Chernobyl to visit my uncle, who had been called in to help with the disaster.
My mother died seven years later at age 55 from unknown causes, my uncle later died of thyroid cancer, and my aunt is now battling cancer.
Thousands of Russians died of diseases like cancer.
And yet we were not allowed to ask questions.
Even today, Chernobyl’s total death toll and long-term health effects remain unknown due to a lack of accountability from the Soviet-era government.
More than 40 years later, I was shocked to see a similarly coordinated effort to cover up the origins of the COVID epidemic.
Orchestrated by Big Government – in concert with Big Tech and the Big Media – the goal was to distort and shut down any candid public discourse about this critical national security problem.
US intelligence agencies hid from Congress, and thus from the American people, that COVID-19 showed clear consistency with China’s biological warfare doctrine and Beijing’s long-term virus weaponization programs.
This is despite the fact that the State Department knew back in 2005 that China has an offensive biological weapons program.
Helped by left-wing media – here in the role of the communist-era newspaper Pravda – the goal was to demonize anyone, including medical professionals, who strayed from the party line.
The Soviet government’s motivation for Chernobyl’s cover-up, according to one archived KGB reportwas “to prevent panic and provocative rumours.”
Perhaps more than three decades later, US authorities had similar motives. Whatever you think, as someone who has fled autocracy for democracy, I hope the new covid revelations will force our government to stop using Soviet-style disinformation — and start providing Americans with the real information they need to protect their health, and even their survival.
Rebekah Koffler is the president of Doctrine & Strategy Consulting, a former DIA intelligence officer, and the author of “Putin’s Playbook: Russia’s Secret Plan to Defeat America.” Twitter: @Rebekah0132