FBI Director Says COVID-19 'Most Likely' Came From Lab Incident In China

By Bill Galluccio

March 1, 2023

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FBI Director Christopher Wray said that the COVID-19 virus "most likely" escaped from a virology lab in Wuhan, China.

"The FBI has for quite some time now assessed that the origins of the pandemic are most likely a potential lab incident in Wuhan," Wray told Bret Baier during an interview on Fox News. "Here you are talking about a potential leak from a Chinese government-controlled lab."

Wray's comments come just a few days after a report from the Department of Energy expressed "low confidence" that the virus likely came from a lab in China.

Wray accused the Chinese government of trying to block investigations into the origins of the virus.

"I will just make the observation that the Chinese government, it seems to me, has been doing its best to try to thwart and obfuscate the work here. The work that we're doing, the work that our U.S. government and close foreign partners are doing. And that's unfortunate for everybody," he said.

The Chinese government has vehemently denied that COVID-19 escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, saying that the theory has "no credibility whatsoever."

Several intelligence agencies also agree with China and believe the virus spread naturally from animals to humans.

"There is a variety of views in the intelligence community. Some elements of the intelligence community have reached conclusions on one side, some on the other. A number of them have said they just don't have enough information to be sure," White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said.

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