State Department staffers were warned against investigating the origin of COVID-19 because it could “open a can of worms,” a former official revealed in a bombshell report Thursday.
Thomas DiNanno, former acting assistant secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance, also told Vanity Fair that the warning “smelled like a cover-up.”
“I wasn’t going to be part of it,” he said.
Vanity Fair cited a five-page Jan. 9 memo in which DiNanno outlined “apprehension and contempt” from State Department technical staff and a “complete lack of responses to briefings and presentations.”
The magazine also said a total of four ex-State Department officials described being warned against probing the “lab-leak” theory of the pandemic and repeatedly advised not to open up a “Pandora’s box.”
In its nearly 12,000-word report, Vanity Fair said that about a dozen State Department employees from four bureaus met on Dec. 9 to discuss an upcoming trip to Wuhan, China, organized