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The U.S. federal government should have stopped funding research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2015 when China reduced its cooperation with the French in building and operating the lab, according to the leader of an investigation into COVID-19’s origins by the State Department under the Trump administration.

In 2015, French intelligence officials warned the U.S. State Department and their own foreign ministry that China was cutting back on agreed collaboration at the lab, former State official David Asher, now a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute think tank, told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

By 2017, the French “were kicked out” of the lab and cooperation ceased, leading French officials to warn the State Department that they had grave concerns as to Chinese motivations, according to Asher.

The State Department alleged in January 2021, at the end of the Trump administration, that the Wuhan lab had engaged in classified research on behalf of the Chinese military since at least 2017.

The State Department did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

On Thursday, China said it would not allow the World Health Organization (WHO) to inspect the lab further. China has blocked the WHO from accessing important records at the lab.

“The Chinese basically sucked State into its honey pot operation to gain access to U.S. technology, knowledge, and material support. Classic. Just as they have done in every sector,” Asher said.

Between October 2009 and May 2019, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provided $1.1 million to the U.S.-based EcoHealth Alliance for a sub-agreement with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, according to USAID. EcoHealth Alliance also received funding from the Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency that was subcontracted to the Wuhan lab, New York magazine reported. National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants to EcoHealth Alliance totaling $600,000 between 2014 and 2019 were subcontracted to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The NIH, Defense Department, and USAID should have stopped sending U.S. federal funding to the Wuhan lab back when the French warned the State Department in 2015, Asher said.

State Department officials “in charge of nonproliferation should have shut down all cooperation,” he added.

The Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is at the center of speculation that COVID-19 may have originated from a lab accident, was initiated in 2004 as a joint project between France and China.

France provided the lab’s design, biosafety training, and much of its technology.

The French envisioned the Wuhan institute as an open and transparent lab that would serve the global scientific community in studying potential pandemics, according to a State Department cable in April 2018, citing a Wuhan-based French consulate official who worked on science and technology cooperation with China.

While top French politicians supported the collaboration, French security and defense experts did not, the French newspaper Le Figaro reported.

National security officials did not want to share sensitive technology with an oppressive country that was not an ally and they feared the lab could one day be transformed into a “biological arsenal,” according to Le Figaro.

As early as 2009, the U.S. State Department, then under former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, expressed concerns about the Wuhan lab, asking what France knew of how China planned to “vet incoming foreign researchers” and avoid technology transfer to countries of biological weapons proliferation concern, according to emails released by WikiLeaks.

The project took more than a decade to complete, and in February 2017, high-level French and Chinese officials held a ceremony to mark the lab’s accreditation.

Then-French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said at the time that it was a celebration of Franco-Chinese scientific cooperation.

To support the China-French project, France would make its technical expertise available to China to support the continuous improvement of the laboratory’s quality and safety, Cazeneuve added.

It would also budget 1 million euros per year for five years, he said.

That would fund about 50 French scientists to help train the Chinese lab workers, the director of Inserm, a French public research organization that helped set up the Wuhan lab, told the French magazine Science & Sante in May 2017.

However, little by little, the laboratory completely escaped the control of the French scientists who were, according to an agreement between Paris and Beijing, to supervise the work of the Chinese researchers in Wuhan, according to Le Figaro. The fifty French researchers who were to work in the lab for five years never left, the newspaper reported.

In January 2018, a State Department cable warned of a lack of highly trained technicians to operate the lab in a cable first reported by The Washington Post.

The U.S. officials who had visited the lab and made the warning via the cable were not permitted to return, because they were asking “too many questions,” according to Asher.

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  • mike dar says:

    French ‘Vats’ and piping suppliers are now distancing themselves… the U.S. State Department/Hillary was in on this also…AND THIS GOES BACK TO 2009! Parts, labor and scientists were assembled in part by the Obama admin to use China to circumvent getting caught in bio-warfare viral development which is contrary to International Treatise and U.S. law.
    Hence the reason Fauci has said ‘The Risk was worth it”… the “Risk” wasn’t just that it could get out,, ‘risk’ included getting caught.
    A Major part of the reason we are hearing endless government influence to CONTINUE this mess with the variant… keep everyone distracted from blame and dependent on the government that created the mess in the first place.

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    BREAKING: Arizona Governor Doug Ducey Makes Decision on 2020 Election Decertification

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    Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has said there will be “no decertification” of the state’s 2020 presidential election results following an audit in Maricopa County that showed more than 57,000 questionable ballots.

    Ducey, who is a Republican, took to Twitter on Friday to say the election outcome would not be decertified and that the law did not allow for decertification despite demands from President Trump.

    “Any meaningful policy recommendations identified should be addressed in the next session of the legislature. Any findings of fraud should be referred to the Attorney General and the Department of Justice for them to take action.”

    “There will be no decertification of the 2020 election — the audit does not call for one, and even if it had, there is no lawful way to decertify. As we have every step of the way, Arizona will follow the law,” the governor said.

    The number of illegal ballots found in Maricopa County (more than 57,000) is over 5 times the current amount separating President Trump and Joe Biden in Arizona.

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    FBI Reportedly Had Informant in Capitol Riot Crowd; Insider Says Proud Boys Had No Plans to Engage in Violence or Storm the Building on Jan. 6

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    The FBI had an informant in the crowd during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, the New York Times reported on Saturday. The report said the secret informant was a member of Proud Boys, and revealed the group “had no plans to engage in violence” on Jan. 6, and there were no preplanned discussions of storming the U.S. Capitol.

    The informant, who was not identified, was affiliated with a Midwest chapter of the Proud Boys and began working with the FBI in July 2020. The informer, who was part of a group chat of other Proud Boys, shared a “detailed account of his activities,” according to confidential records obtained by the Times.

    The group checked into an Airbnb in Virginia on Jan. 5. Around 10 a.m. on Jan. 6, the informant said he met with members of other Proud Boys chapters at the Washington Monument, and then marched toward the U.S. Capitol.

    “The records say that the informant entered the Capitol after debating whether to do so with his compatriots. He then told his handlers, according to the records, that after police officers informed him that someone — possibly the pro-Trump rioter Ashli Babbitt — had been shot inside the building, he left the through a window,” the New York Times reported.

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    The informant notes, “Proud Boys leaders gave explicit orders to maintain a defensive posture on Jan. 6.” During an interview with the FBI in April, the insider said that he “never heard any discussion that day about stopping the Electoral College process.”

    The FBI was investigating two Jan. 6 rally participants who were possibly Proud Boys members, and asked the informant to make contact with them.

    Court papers claimed a Proud Boys leader from Philadelphia was talking about “normal conservatives” — what members of the group refer to as “normies” – causing a ruckus during the Capitol riot. On the morning of Jan. 6, the leader wrote on the group’s Telegram channel, “I want to see thousands of normies burn that city to ash today.”

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    “While the F.B.I.’s standard practice is not to discuss its sources and methods, it is important to understand that sources provide valuable information regarding criminal activity and national security matters,” the FBI told the Times in a statement.

    Prosecutors have brought charges relating to the Capitol riot against more than 600 people, and filed conspiracy charges against 15 members of the Proud Boys for their alleged actions on Jan. 6.

    A Reuters report in August alleged there was insufficient reason to believe that the Capitol riots was a coordinated attempt to launch an insurrection against the U.S. government. The report stated, “The FBI has found scant evidence that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was the result of an organized plot to overturn the presidential election result,” citing four current and former law enforcement officials.

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    Auditors Say 23,344 Mail-in Ballots Were Sent to the Wrong Address But Were Completed and Counted Anyway

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    On Friday, the findings of the audit conducted by the Arizona state Senate investigating the results of the 2020 presidential election were revealed.

    CEO Doug Logan of Cyber Ninjas, the cybersecurity firm commissioned by Senate Republicans to assist in conducting the audit, noted that 23,344 mail-in ballots were reportedly sent to the wrong person in his presentation during the Livestream of the Arizona election audit results.

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    However, the audit reportedly revealed numerous disparities and security issues in the election system. Arizona Republicans will likely continue to push for election integrity measures following the results of the audit being announced.

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    County Changes Rules So Matt Walsh Can’t Speak At School Board Meeting. Walsh Finds Workaround With New Lease.

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    A county in Virginia changed their rules at the last minute in an effort to block Daily Wire host Matt Walsh from speaking at an upcoming school board meeting. Walsh, however, found a workaround by leasing a property in the area.

    Walsh, who has tremendous support from parents, went viral last month when he spoke out against radical gender initiatives at a school board meeting in Loudoun County. Walsh posted earlier this month that the district has “imposed a radical trans policy allowing males access to girls restrooms and teams,” adding that “teachers are required to use preferred pronouns.”

    Apparently attempting to avoid such a public spectacle of push-back, the county recently introduced “some changes for public participation in the September 28, 2021, meeting of the Loudoun County School Board.” A portion of the press release states:

    Those wishing to speak to the School Board must provide proof that they meet these criteria. The following means of identification will be accepted:

    • A valid Virginia driver’s license indicating Loudoun County residency;
    • A utility bill from 2021 with the resident’s name and a Loudoun County address;
    • A mortgage or rental lease agreement displaying the resident’s name and current street address of residency or business;
    • A current Employee ID or Student ID;
    • An email or letter from Loudoun County Public Schools to the parent from the 2021-22 school year regarding a currently enrolled LCPS student.
    • A student report card or progress report

    “Loudoun County changed the rules so that only residents can speak at the school board,” Walsh said Friday via Twitter. “In unrelated news, I’m proud to announce that I am now a resident of Loudoun County. Just rented a home in the area. I’ll have the lease agreement. See you at the meeting!”

    In a follow-up tweet, Walsh wrote, “How do you do, fellow Virginians?”

    A Facebook event promoting the rally outside the school board meeting set for September 28 states:

    The Loudoun County school board in VA has imposed a radical trans policy allowing males access to girl’s restrooms and teams. Teachers are required to use preferred pronouns. To protest this madness, I’ll be leading a rally outside the school board meeting on September 28. Join us! The time for sitting on the sidelines is over. Schools that harm children must be confronted. We must speak up against this indoctrination loudly and in person. I have a large platform and intend to use it to help mobilize these efforts. The child abusers will hear from us.

    Walsh’s post has gone viral, with tens of thousands of likes and comments in support of his move to offset efforts to silence him, and the parents he’s representing. To the detractors, though, Walsh has a message: your criticism is phony.

    “Lots of people on the Left are telling me that I shouldn’t inject myself into controversies in Loudoun County because I’m an outsider,” Walsh posted to Twitter. “Funny. You never hear them say that about outsiders protesting abortion laws in Texas. It’s almost like these people are totally full of s***.”

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    Furious Border Patrol Agents Respond to Biden’s Threat to Make Agents ‘Pay’ over False Whip Story: ‘Just Started a War’

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    Border Patrol agents fiercely responded to President Joe Biden’s threat to publish Border Patrol agents who he accused of having “strapped” migrants in Del Rio, Texas.

    Speaking about the controversy involving mounted Border Patrol agents and Haitian migrants, Biden on Friday regurgitated the debunked narrative that immigration agents had abused the migrants — and promised “consequences.”

    “It was horrible [what] you saw. To see people treated like they did [sic]. Horses nearly running people over and people being strapped,” Biden said at the White House.

    “It’s outrageous. I promise you those people will pay. They will be investigated. There will be consequences,” he declared.

    The photographer who snapped the now-infamous images of mounted Border Patrol agents said this week that he did not witness any abuse of migrants contrary to what Democrats and the media have claimed. An Associated Press journalist who captured the incident on video released that footage on Friday, confirming Border Patrol agents did not abuse migrants.

    Border Patrol agents were left “stunned and angered” by Biden’s remarks, according to Fox News.

    One Border Patrol agent, in fact, told Fox News that Biden “just started a war with Border Patrol.”

    “I see the administration wants to fry our agents,” that agent said.

    Another Border Patrol agent told Fox News that Biden’s threat to make agents “pay” will motivate Border Patrol agents to quit their jobs.

    “Would you go to work and do your best knowing that if you do your boss is going to ‘make you pay?’ I’m dumbfounded and don’t know what to say,” the agent said. “Is the president threatening to throw us in prison?”

    National Border Patrol Council president Brandon Judd called Biden’s comments “completely and totally outrageous” and accused Biden of “playing politics with Border Patrol agents’ lives.”

    “Nobody was struck by a rein, not one person was struck by a rein, not one person was run over by those horses. They used the tactics they were trained to use, to do the job [Biden] sent them out to do — these are executive branch employees,” Judd told Fox News. “He sent them out there to do the job, and now he’s criticizing them because his base wants them to.”

    Judd made headlines earlier this week after saying he would arrest Biden “for aiding and abetting” if Biden were not president, citing the ongoing border crisis.

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    ‘Oh, F*** Them’: Tucker Carlson Reacts To ADL Calls To Fire Him

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    Tucker Carlson blasted the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) during an interview published Friday over the partisan organization’s calls for Fox News to fire the host.

    “Oh, f*** them,” Carlson bluntly told host Megan Kelly. “The ADL was such a noble organization that had a very specific goal, which was to fight anti-Semitism. That’s a virtuous goal. I think they were pretty successful over the years. Now it’s operated by a guy who’s … just an apparatchik of the Democratic Party.”

    The ADL has called for Carlson’s firing over his comments about “great replacement” theory. The Fox host knocked the organization for weighing in on his comments at all, contending that “great replacement” is not a theory but mere language of the Democrat Party.

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    On one of his recent shows, Carlson aired a clip of President Joe Biden back in 2015 demanding a “relentless” steady stream of immigration and emphasizing that “white stock” will be a “minority,” which is “not a bad thing” but a “source of our strength.”

    “The source of our strength is non-White DNA?” Carlson told Kelly, highlighting Biden’s words. “I mean, how could you say something like that? Really? So, people’s value to the country is determined by their genes and their skin color? That’s like Nazi stuff.”

    Carlson added, language like that should be disqualifying for anyone trying to hold the highest office in the land, no matter which race is being talked about.

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    Kelly also noted some politicos have highlighted that Democrats want immigration for political reasons, not necessarily racial reasons, to which Carlson agreed by saying, “of course.”

    Cubans are right-wing, and Democrats do not want streams of Cubans pouring into the U.S., but migrants who will vote Democrat and give them power, Kelly explained. Carlson then noted where migrants are being placed: red and moderate states that Democrats want to turn blue, like Texas, Maine, and Tennessee.

    Notably, Carlson had no idea about the calls to fire him from the ADL until Kelly told the Fox host of the news. Kelly told viewers before she brought up the controversy that Carlson does not look at any mainstream press about himself.

    WATCH (relevant comments begin around the 17-minute mark):

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    Gabby Petito Update: Brian Laundrie Left Wallet; $20K Bounty on Missing Fiancé; Funeral for Slain ‘Van Life Girl’ Open to the Public

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    The search continues for Brian Laundrie, the fiancé of Gabby Petito. Law enforcement resumed their manhunt for Laundrie on Saturday at the Carlton Reserve natural preserve in southwestern Florida, marking the eighth straight day police searched for the person of interest in the disappearance and death of Petito.

    Brian Laundrie reportedly left his parent’s home in North Port without his wallet or cell phone. Laundrie left the house on Sept. 14, and was said to be taking a hike at the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve. Laundrie’s parents have said they haven’t seen or heard from him since. Laundrie was reported missing by his family on Sept. 17.

    Laundrie’s parents were worried that their 23-year-old son would harm himself, a source told CNN.

    North Port Police public information officer Josh Taylor declined to comment on the report, saying, “I cannot give any statement to a timeline at this time. That investigation is being conducted by the FBI.”

    The U.S. District Court of Wyoming issued a federal arrest warrant for Laundrie, according to the FBI’s Denver field office. The arrest warrant is not for the death of Petito, but for bank fraud charges. Laundrie allegedly used a debit card and PIN number for accounts that did not belong to him, according to the indictment. He allegedly ran up charges totaling over $1,000 between the dates of Aug. 30 and Sept. 1. A grand jury indicted him for his “use of unauthorized devices.”

    “It is my understanding that the arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie is related to activities occurring after the death of Gabby Petito and not related to her actual demise,” Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino said in a statement. “The FBI is focusing on locating Brian and when that occurs the specifics of the charges covered under the indictment will be addressed in the proper forum.”

    FBI special agent in charge Michael Schneider stated, “While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito’s homicide. We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr. Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI.”

    This federal warrant will allow law enforcement to arrest Laundrie across the nation.

    An attorney in North Port placed a $20,000 bounty on information regarding Laundrie’s whereabouts.

    “We have an office in North Port, and our employees work and live there,” Tatiana Boohoff told Fox News. “We serve clients there — and we want to do what we can to help find answers and get justice.”

    “I think a missing child is every parent’s worst nightmare,” Boohoff said. “Our hearts go out to her family and to the community, and we hope that together we can get some answers and get justice for Gabby.”

    Reality TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter is joining the search for Laundrie.

    “Dog and Francie have experienced extreme loss themselves,” his team said in a statement. “Their hearts go out to Gabby’s family for what they’re going through and want to help bring justice for her death.”

    On Saturday afternoon, Duane “Dog” Chapman arrived at Laundrie’s parents’ home and knocked on the door, but didn’t get a response.

    At a memorial in North Port, people mourned Petito’s death by leaving flowers, stuffed animals, and heartwarming messages.

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    Residents of Blue Point, Long Island — Gabby Petito’s hometown in New York — held a memorial on Friday night. In the “Light the Night For Gabby Petito” tribute, people lit candles to pay their respect to the slain 22-year-old.

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    “In lieu of flowers for the service, please send donations for the Future Gabby Petito Foundation through the Johnny Mac Foundation,” the father wrote.

    ABC News presented a timeline of events in the disappearance and death of Petito.

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