(John Ransom, Headline USA) As more myths about the coronavirus pandemic begin to unravel, EcoHealth Alliance—the group of federally funded researchers who were collaborating with scientists studying the virus at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, have come under sharp scrutiny.
Questions already have arisin in Congressional inquiries as to whether the group, which received a sizable grant from the National Institutes of Health, was aware that China was engaged in controversial gain-of-function research—and whether they misled grant overseers including top US virologist Anthony Fauci.
But according to one insider, the gain-of-function coverup may just be the tip of the iceberg in an apparent plot to spy on what some speculate was a Chinese bioweapons program gone awry.
In a series of Twitter posts, Andrew Huff, a doctor who worked with EcoHealth President Peter Daszak, claimed Daszak told him he was working with the CIA and confirmed it to Huff on multiple occasions.
Huff received his doctorate in environmental health and was an associate vice president at EcoHealth Alliance. He worked on the organization’s virus-detection programs and is currently listed as an assistant professor in hospital epidemiology at Michigan State.
“In 2015, Dr. Peter Daszak stopped me as we were leaving work late at night and asked me if he should work with the CIA,” said Huff’s tweet.
“I was shocked given my experience in security,” he continued. “Over the next 2 months he gave me updates on 3 separate occasions about his work with the CIA.”
For the Record: In 2015, Dr. Peter Daszak stopped me as we were leaving work late at night, and asked me if he should work with the CIA. I was shocked given my experience in security. Over the next 2 months he gave me updates on 3 separate occasions about his work with the CIA.
— Andrew Huff, PhD, MS (@AGHuff) January 12, 2022
Often, the CIA will ask people who have contact with foreign sources and organizations, as Dazak had, to supply them with information about their work.
Thus, it would not be surprising if the CIA asked Dazak to be a source, given that he worked with a Chinese biotech research lab testing viruses.
Huff said that Daszak often lied about things, so he didn’t necessarily believe him—but upon reflection, the scheme made perfect sense.
“Why would the US Government pay and train Chinese scientists to conduct infectious disease research in China? Answer: To collect intelligence on their biological capabilities,” said Huff in a separate tweet.
Huff said he thinks that Daszak’s employer, EcoHealth Alliance, was a CIA front company set up to surveil China’s virology capabilities.
“Looking back,” tweeted Huff, “I now believe that EcoHealth Alliance was a CIA front organization to collect viral samples and to collect intelligence on foreign laboratory capacity.”
Huff cited the lack of funding and numerous layoffs at EcoHealth as among reasons why he thought it was a CIA operation.