Here is more intriguing coverage of the Wuhan Lab Leak theory of the origin of Covid.  A senior staff member at EcoHealth .”In an interview last week with TrialSiteAndrew Huff, a former vice president of data and technology at the organization, alleged that EcoHealth’s President Peter Daszak confided to him on at least three occasions that he was negotiating contracts with the Central Intelligence Agency.”

Huff, a U.S. Army veteran of the Iraq War with advanced degrees in environmental science and security technologies, sent letters this month to members of Congress and various U.S. investigative agencies. Huff alleged in those letters that EcoHealth failed to implement biosafety control measures that could have resulted in a lab leak in Wuhan.

“EcoHealth Alliance, and foreign laboratories, did not have the adequate control measures in place for ensuring proper biosafety, biosecurity, and risk management in place, ultimately resulting in the lab leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Huff wrote in his whistleblower complaint. “In fact, I raised these concerns at an executive project planning meeting, where Dr. Daszak quickly dismissed my concerns. This information is also validated by cables between the US Consulate in China and the State Department. Although this is not limited to China.”

Huff held top-secret clearances when he was a fellow at the National Center for Food Protection and Defense and at Sandia National Laboratory, where he developed biosurveillance and pandemic response systems as a senior technical staff member.”

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Article from TrialSite News:

Former Senior Executive Says EcoHealth Approached by CIA

A former senior executive at EcoHealth Alliance, an American research organization that allegedly sponsored gain-of-function experiments on bat coronaviruses at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology, sent whistleblower letters to Congress this month describing the group as a United States intelligence operation.

EcoHealth Was Conducting NIH-Sponsored Coronavirus Research in Wuhan, China

Scientists who support the theory that SARS-CoV-2 is a manmade virus claim that the Wuhan Lab, which conducted joint virology research under EcoHealth contracts from the National Institutes of Health, is the most likely origin of the pandemic.

In an interview last week with TrialSiteAndrew Huff, a former vice president of data and technology at the organization, alleged that EcoHealth’s President Peter Daszak confided to him on at least three occasions that he was negotiating contracts with the Central Intelligence Agency.

Whistleblower Sent Letters to Congress, Department of Justice, and Other Agencies

Huff, a U.S. Army veteran of the Iraq War with advanced degrees in environmental science and security technologies, sent letters this month to members of Congress and various U.S. investigative agencies. Huff alleged in those letters that EcoHealth failed to implement biosafety control measures that could have resulted in a lab leak in Wuhan.

“EcoHealth Alliance, and foreign laboratories, did not have the adequate control measures in place for ensuring proper biosafety, biosecurity, and risk management in place, ultimately resulting in the lab leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Huff wrote in his whistleblower complaint. “In fact, I raised these concerns at an executive project planning meeting, where Dr. Daszak quickly dismissed my concerns. This information is also validated by cables between the US Consulate in China and the State Department. Although this is not limited to China.”

Huff held top-secret clearances when he was a fellow at the National Center for Food Protection and Defense and at Sandia National Laboratory, where he developed biosurveillance and pandemic response systems as a senior technical staff member.

EcoHealth Whistleblower Adds To EcoHealth Disclosures

Huff’s account adds to the public’s understanding of the central role of EcoHealth Alliance in the controversial world of gain-of-function virology research. Documents released by The Intercept, the investigative collective Drastic Research, the right-leaning muckraker site Project Veritas and Judicial Watch, right-leaning libertarian watchdog, reveal that EcoHealth, as a grantee of the National Institutes of Health and other U.S. agencies, sought funding for gain-of-function research that was deemed to be too risky by the Department of Defense. 

Did EcoHealth Conduct Gain-of-Function Research? If So, When?

Huff worked for EcoHealth Alliance from 2014 to 2016, during which time he suspects the group engaged in risky gain-of-function research in China, even before applying to the Department of Defense for funding.

An internal investigative report from the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) recently published by Project Veritas stated that EcoHealth proposed a coronavirus research project in March 2018. The proposal, named Project DEFUSE, was rejected due to concerns about safety and that it violated a moratorium on gain-of-function research. 

“The proposal does not mention or assess potential risks of Gain of Function (GoF) research,” the DARPA rejection letter reads.

Huff, who left EcoHealth in 2016 after accusing Daszak and other senior managers of mismanaging U.S. government funds, said he believed that the work that formed the basis for the Project DEFUSE proposal was already underway prior their approaching DARPA.

Huff said that EcoHealth and many other U.S.-funded research groups perform work in advance of their proposals to collect preliminary data and to keep a consistent flow of competitive grants and contracts.

Huff said that EcoHealth had a long-time interest in coronaviruses and shared with TrialSite an investor pitch deck he said was presented to In-Q-Tel, the CIA-funded venture capital firm, which pursues information technologies with potential use for U.S. intelligence activities.

Shortly after he developed his investor presentation in 2015, Huff said Daszak, who has drawn criticism for his public statements in support of gain-of-function research of coronaviruses, told Huff that the CIA wanted to contract with EcoHealth.

Whistleblower Says CIA Approached Daszak 

“Peter said, ‘Well, someone from the CIA approached me, do you think it’s a good idea if I work with him?’” Huff recounted.

Reflecting on his tenure at EcoHealth, Huff speculated that he was an unwitting participant in an intelligence-gathering program targeting information about foreign nations’ scientific institutional capacity and personnel. Huff noted that after the 2001 World Trade Center attacks the 9/11 Commission noted that U.S. security agencies suffered from poor human intelligence capabilities.

“I think the PREDICT program was more of the human intelligence and access side of intelligence collection,” Huff said. 

PREDICT Biosurveillance Program

PREDICT, was then a large U.S. State Department- and USAID-funded biosurveillance program aimed at pre-empting emergent zoonotic diseases that could threaten public health. Huff said he was one of the program’s managers. 

EcoHealth’s PREDICT partners included the University of California at Davis – the prime contractor for the program, the Smithsonian Institution, Metabiota, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Columbia University, University of California San Francisco, the World Health Organization and more than 30 nations across Asia, Africa and the Middle East – less than half of the total number of nations EcoHealth worked in.

“So, if you have scientists who’ve been traveling all over the world, they’re worldly, they’re well-connected to the diplomats, they can get access to these laboratories,” Huff said. “That’s how you, in a clever way, fill that intelligence collection gap.”

Huff said he found it strange that PREDICT, which operated across more than 30 nations in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, was focused on relatively rare bat coronaviruses to the exclusion of other common and deadly threats.

Huff Puzzled by EcoHealth’s Exclusive Focus on Coronaviruses

“If you want to do accurate science, you want to build a scientific experiment to figure out what actually risks are emerging, you would compare the roughly 25 families of viruses against each other and you collect data on those viruses to see what their pandemic potential would be,” he said. “You wouldn’t want to just focus narrowly or specifically on coronaviruses – you’d actually collect environmental health data or other drivers of trends, transmission dynamics of that disease to see, you know, if the spark catches with this or that index case, what’s the probability that will actually then have sustained transmission in the population?”

“Well, we weren’t doing any of that work,” Huff said.

Huff also said that while PREDICT was ostensibly a scientific pursuit, collecting virus samples, and also conducting surveillance of communication networks for signs of pandemic potential, once he became a country manager for Jordan and Sudan he spent an inordinate amount of time answering questions about those nations’ critical scientific infrastructure.

“We were in constant calls 24/7 with the State Department, the embassy, the mission, the consulate, and USAID personnel asking us: Who we were working with, what we were collecting, where were we going to collect the samples? Why?” he recounted.

“That looked like intelligence collection, and even moreso, the reports, when we come back and review and debrief, they were always asking us about laboratory conditions and capacity.”

Huff said he began to doubt that EcoHealth’s stated mission was its actual purpose.

“Biosafety and this whole idea that they’re going to go and predict and forecast pandemics was a farce by my estimation,” he said.

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