(RoyalPatriot.com )- US intelligence agencies have gained access to a trove of genetic data from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Now experts are working to decipher the information which reportedly contains genetic blueprints taken from virus samples studied at the lab.
It isn’t clear how US intelligence gained access to the lab’s top secret data, however sources have told CNN that the data was possibly obtained via hacking.
Machines that create and process genetic virus data of this kind are typically connected to external cloud-based services which makes them easy targets for cyber intrusion.
The obtained data, which was removed from the Internet by Chinese officials in September 2019, could prove to be a critical piece of the puzzle in determining the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and whether or not the virus leaked from the Wuhan lab.
China, which has maintained since the start of the pandemic that the Wuhan lab was not the source of the outbreak, has consistently refused to turn over the genetic data from the 22,000 virus samples studied at the Wuhan lab. They have also refuse to produce to either the World Health Organization or the US any other pertinent evidence on early coronavirus cases.
Back in May, President Biden gave the intel community ninety days to investigate the possible “lab leak” theory. And now top US scientists are combing through the massive genetic data obtained by the intel community before the 90 day deadline hits. In order to speed things up, scientists are using supercomputers from the Department of Energy’s National Labs.
One problem facing them, however, is the lack of scientists holding the necessary security clearance who also understand Mandarin.
Intelligence agencies are focused on finding “any progenitor virus and/or virus that could serve as the backbone for genetic engineering purposes.” However, despite the massive trove of data, US officials are skeptical that they will find a “smoking gun” that would confirm the lab leak theory.
Meanwhile, press secretary Jen Psaki said that the White House has been trying to pressure China through diplomatic channels to grant access to the data.