The deadly virus has now infected more than 120,000 people worldwide, claiming the lives of more than 4,300 in the process, as numbers in Europe spike, while Asia appears to be curbing the effects. This morning, Iran’s former President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, declared COVID-19 is a bioweapon from a military laboratory, stating: “It is clear to the world that the mutated coronavirus was produced in a lab.” His point echoes a claim made by US Senator Tom Cotton last month, but now, Francis Boyle has exposed the “smoking gun” that he says proves this theory.
The Professor of international law at the University of Illinois served on the board of directors of Amnesty International, the Advisory Board for the Council for Responsible Genetics and drafted the US legislation for the Biological Weapons Convention, known as the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989.
Appearing as a guest on the Alex Jones Show last month, he said: “I have come up with what I conclude to be the smoking gun that the Wuhan coronavirus came out of that level four facility.
“You’ll note now that Senator Cotton saying the same thing he was behind me at Harvard law school, and despite that, the New York Times slammed him.
“So yes, I have this scientific study now, I read these over the weekend, which is why I’ve changed my mind.
I have the smoking gun that the Wuhan coronavirus came out of that level four facility
Professor Francis Boyle
“I want to go through this scientific study so that you and the viewing audience understand their implications, I believe they are the smoking gun of what happened here.
“It was published on antiviral research February 10, 2020, I read this over the weekend, now I’m not going to go through this whole study, but they did a genetic analysis of the Wuhan coronavirus.”
Professor Boyle is referring to a study titled “Coronavirus 2019-nCoV contains a furin-like cleavage site absent in CoV of the same clade,” revealed by Express.co.uk yesterday.
Published on ScienceDirect this month, the paper suggested COVID-19 has been tampered with.
Professor Boyle added: “Let me just conclude, the critical part here where it says: ‘And may provide a gain of function to the 2019 nCoV for efficient spreading in the human population compared to other beta coronaviruses.’
“And the smoking gun here is on page 11, near the bottom, the last full paragraph from the bottom where it says: ‘May provide a gain of function to coronavirus for efficient spreading in the human population.
“‘Gain of function technology is DNA genetic engineering of a dangerous biological warfare substance, but turbocharging and gain of function work can only be done safely in a BSL-4 or a BSL-3 facility.’
“So, I think clearly that the Wuhan coronavirus came out of that BSL-4 facility, this is clearly a weaponised biological warfare agent and there is no legitimate scientific or medical use for gain of function technology.”
But, Professor Boyle may be jumping the gun slightly, as the paper goes on to state further testing is needed before the scientists have concrete proof.
China first alerted the world to COVID-19 on December 31, 2019, but many argued the government was lying about the true seriousness of the outbreak amid inconsistencies on certain details.
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The virus appears to have originated from a Wuhan seafood market where wild animals, including bats and snakes, are traded and consumed.
But, the bats carrying the disease were originally found in the Yunnan or Zhejiang province, more than 550 miles away from the seafood market.
Another paper revealed by Express.co.uk this week identified two research facilities within the proximity of the market conducting research on bat coronavirus.
The first was the Wuhan Centre for Disease Control & Prevention, just 238 metres away, which hosted animals in laboratories for research purposes and the second was seven miles from the seafood market and belonged to Wuhan Institute of Virology.
The paper concluded: “The principal investigator participated in a project which generated a chimeric virus using the SARS-CoV reverse genetics system and reported the potential for human emergence.
“A direct speculation was that SARS-CoV or its derivative might leak from the laboratory.
“In summary, somebody was entangled with the evolution of 2019-nCoV coronavirus, the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.”
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