Wednesday, January 3, 2024

CIA Accused of Hiding Records That Analysts Took ‘monetary Incentives’ to Bury COVID Lab Leak Finding; CIA Sued Over COVID Records After Allegations Of ‘Monetary Incentives’ Paid To ‘Change’ Findings, and other C-Virus related stories

CIA accused of hiding records that analysts took ‘monetary incentives’ to bury COVID lab leak finding:
An offshoot of the conservative Heritage Foundation is suing the Central Intelligence Agency, accusing it of withholding records detailing payoffs to analysts to bury findings that a lab leak was the most likely explanation for the COVID-19 pandemic.
The think tank’s Oversight Project filed a federal lawsuit against the CIA Dec. 22, alleging the agency did not comply with its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request about analysts who allegedly “received monetary incentives to change their position on the origins of the virus,” according to a copy of the complaint first reported Tuesday by the Daily Caller.
The suit in Washington, DC, federal court asks for “a preliminary and permanent injunction compelling” the CIA to expedite the production of records requested by Heritage within 20 days or “by such other date as the Court deems appropriate.”
“The Biden Administration has refused to be transparent with Congress and the American people over the origins of COVID-19,” said Kyle Brosnan, chief counsel for the Oversight Project.
“A CIA whistleblower has made serious allegations that the agency bought off employees of the agency to further obstruct efforts to get to the truth of the virus’s origins. This obstruction cannot stand and we’re fighting in federal court to get to the bottom of this.”
A senior-level CIA agent told House Republican committee chairmen in September that the agency offered payments to six analysts tasked with determining the origins of SARS-CoV-2 if they said that the virus jumped from animals to humans.
The Sept. 12 letter from Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic Chairman Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) and Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Mike Turner (R-Ohio) to CIA Director William Burns also demanded documentation and communications about the payments.
“According to the whistleblower, at the end of its review, six of the seven members of the Team believed the intelligence and science were sufficient to make a low confidence assessment that COVID-19 originated from a laboratory in Wuhan, China,” the House panel chairmen wrote to Burns. --->READ MORE HERE
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CIA Sued Over COVID Records After Allegations Of ‘Monetary Incentives’ Paid To ‘Change’ Findings:
A Heritage Foundation-linked group is suing the CIA over records of its investigation into COVID-19 after a whistleblower said analysts were paid to change their conclusions.
The Oversight Project, a government watchdog launched by the Heritage Foundation, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the CIA last week. The lawsuit seeks to compel the agency to produce records of its investigation into the origins of COVID-19, according to a copy of the suit obtained by The Daily Caller.
“This is an action under the Freedom of Information Act (‘FOIA’), 5 U.S.C. § 552, to compel production of CIA records relating to allegations that members of the CIA’s COVID Discovery Team, a group of employees tasked with analyzing the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, received monetary incentives to change their position on the origins of the virus,” the suit says.
The Oversight Project began seeking CIA records after a whistleblower testified to Congress that the agency offered payment to its analysts to change their findings about COVID-19’s origin. The CIA’s official finding about the origin of the illness are inconclusive.
Assessments from the Energy Department and the FBI said a leak from a lab in Wuhan, China, is the most likely origin of the virus. Five other agencies said the disease likely spread first from natural transmission, or that it spread to humans from animals through a wet market or some other vector. --->READ MORE HERE
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