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On ABC, Pompeo Pushes Conspiracy Claim On Coronavirus — Then Abruptly Drops It

Reprineted with permission from Alternet

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is engaging is a campaign of disinformation, conspiracy theories, and gaslighting in efforts to shore up President Trump's MAGA base while ramping up attacks on China over the coronavirus that to date has killed more than 66,000 people in America.

On Sunday's ABC News' This Week (video below) Pompeo said the "best experts" think it was "manmade," referring to the novel coronavirus, then immediately switched and said he believes and trusts the Intelligence Community which says it was not.

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Joint Chiefs Chair Milley Dismisses ‘Wuhan Lab’ Virus Conspiracy

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Some conspiracy theorists on the far right have been claiming that COVID-19 originated in a laboratory in Mainland China and that it was unleashed as a form of biological warfare. And others have claimed that COVID-19 originated in a Chinese lab and escaped because of carelessness — not as some type of bio attack. But according to Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the "weight of evidence" indicates that the deadly coronavirus has "natural" origins.

On April 14, Milley told reporters at the Pentagon, "There's a lot of rumor and speculation in a wide variety of media, blog sites, etc. It should be no surprise to you that we've taken a keen interest in that, and we've had a lot of intelligence look at that. And I would just say at this point, it's inconclusive — although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural. But we don't know for certain."

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