(TJVNEWS) Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes interviewed Jamie Metzl, who complained Friday that the report was “compromised”, and Wuhan Lab-affiliate Peter Daszak, as she poked holes in the official narrative, which is astonishing considering more heritage media has gone along with the narrative that the lab leak hypothesis was “unsubstantiated” and a “conspiracy theory”
A report compiled by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) in collaboration with China on the origins of coronavirus claims it leapt from bats to humans through another animal and not via a laboratory leak in the city of Wuhan, a draft copy obtained by The Associated Press claims.
As 60 Minutes points out, Metzl, a former NSC official in the Clinton administration and member of a WHO advisory committee on genetic engineering, is one of more than two dozen scientists and officials (including virologists) who signed an open letter earlier this month calling for a new investigation to return to China.
Jamie Metzl: I wouldn’t really call what’s happened now an investigation. It’s essentially a highly-chaperoned, highly-curated study tour.
Lesley Stahl: Study tour?
Jamie Metzl: Study tour. Everybody around the world is imagining this is some kind of full investigation. It’s not. This group of experts only saw what the Chinese government wanted them to see.
During their conversation, Metzl explained just how much control Beijing has had over what the investigators saw and weren’t allowed to see.
Jamie Metzl: We would have to ask the question, “Well, why in Wuhan?” To quote Humphrey Bogart, “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, why Wuhan?” What Wuhan does have is China’s level four virology institute, with probably the world’s largest collection of bat viruses, including bat coronaviruses.
Lesley Stahl: I had seen that the World Health Organization team only spent 3 hours at the lab.
Jamie Metzl: While they were there they didn’t demand access to the records and samples and key personnel.
That’s because of the ground rules China set with the WHO, which has never had the authority to make demands or enforce international protocols.
Jamie Metzl: It was agreed first that China would have veto power over – over who even got to be on the mission. Secondly –
Lesley Stahl: And WHO agreed to that.
Jamie Metzl: WHO agreed to that. On top of that, the WHO agreed that in most instances China would do the primary investigation.
And then just share its findings –
Lesley Stahl: No.
Jamie Metzl: – with these international experts. So these international experts weren’t allowed to do their own primary investigation.
Lesley Stahl: Wait. You’re saying that China did the investigation and showed the results to the committee and that was it?
Jamie Metzl: Pretty much that –
Lesley Stahl: Whoa.
Metzl followed this up with a powerful comparison: Imagine if the US had let the Soviets run an international investigation into Chernobyl? Metzl added: despite evidence of past deadly lab leaks in China, Metzl said no one on the team was trained to identify signs of a lab leak.
To argue the other side, 60 Minutes brought in Peter Daszak, a member of the WHO team and who has appeared on mainstream media arguing that the leak theory is a conspiracy theory.
Zero Hedge reported: Metzl acknowledged that the WHO theory is “plausible,” and that his own theory has some holes (“it’s incomplete” he says, adding that he would need more data from Beijing, which the CCP has been reluctant to turn over). But most importantly, Daszak has a conflict of interest, Metzl said, because of his long-time collaboration with the Wuhan lab.