A classified report from a top US government laboratory on the origins of the coronavirus concluded in May 2020 that the theory stating the virus leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China should be investigated further, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
The study from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a biodefense research facility primarily funded by the Department of Energy, was one of the first and most authoritative works to cut against the initial scientific consensus that the virus naturally jumped from animals to humans.
The study’s existence was first reported last month by Sinclair Broadcast Group. It was also referenced last week in a bombshell report by Vanity Fair. The latter publication reported that the analysis was uncovered in the fall of 2020 by an intelligence analyst working for the State Department and galvanized a dormant investigation into the origins of the virus by the Department’s Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance.
Vanity Fair also