Top Chinese official left US, gave information about Wuhan lab to Biden administration, report shows

Top Chinese official left US, gave information about Wuhan lab to Biden administration, report shows

WASHINGTON: Chinese Deputy Minister of State Security, Dong Jingwei, reportedly flew to the United States and briefed the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is at the center of the coronavirus lab-leaked hypothesis.
According to a report in SpyTalk, Chinese-language anti-communist media and Twitter are full of rumors that Dong fled to the US via Hong Kong in mid-February with his daughter, Dong Yang.
SpyTalk is a newsletter covering US intelligence, defense and foreign policy on the Substack platform.
Dong reportedly briefed Washington on the Wuhan Institute of Virology that changed the Biden administration’s stance regarding the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Spy Talk, if the rumors are true, it would be the highest level of defection in the history of the People’s Republic of China.
Dong is, or was, a longtime official in China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS), also known as Guanbu.
His publicly available background indicates that he has been responsible for the ministry’s counter-intelligence efforts, i.e. espionage, in China since he was promoted to deputy minister in April 2018.
The issue of Dong’s defection was raised by Chinese officials at the Sino-US summit in Alaska, according to Han Lianchao, a former Chinese Foreign Ministry official who defected after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Han, citing an unnamed source, alleged that China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Communist Party foreign affairs boss Yang Jiechi demanded that the Americans return Dong, and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken refused.
However, several experts have said that unconfirmed reports of defection do surface regularly.
Nicolas Eftimides, a former Pentagon, State Department and CIA expert, author of Chinese Espionage: Operations and Tactics, called the report “what it really is, a rumour.” is. overseas Chinese.
Molly Saltskog, a senior intelligence analyst with the Soufan Group who holds a master’s degree in global affairs from Tsinghua University in Beijing, also urged caution, saying that unconfirmed reports of defection appear regularly.
Chinese-language press stories also claimed that Dong’s daughter Yang had left Hong Kong with him on or around February 10.
She is reportedly the ex-wife of Jiang Fan, a senior Alibaba Group executive who heads China’s large Amazon-like business TML.
Dong was “last seen in public in September 2020,” Han said. According to some Chinese-language news reports abroad, his photos have been removed by the Chinese search engine Baidu.
Without naming Dong, pro-Trump Web site Red State reported a high-level defection from China on June 4, saying the Defense Intelligence Agency had received information from him that Beijing was covering biological warfare research at the Wuhan lab. and has advanced this story questioning the integrity of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“Sources say the level of confidence in the defector’s information has caused a sudden crisis of confidence in Dr. Anthony Fauci, adding that personnel at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) have detailed the DIA.” Have confirmed the very technical details. The information provided by the defector,” it said.
The origin of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 remains a mystery with scientists and countries vying for further investigation to determine whether the virus originated naturally or from a laboratory in Wuhan. has leaked.
The Wuhan lab leak theory has recently become the subject of renewed public debate after several prominent scientists called for a full investigation into the origins of the virus.
The hypothesis that the virus was accidentally leaked from the lab was largely disregarded by scientists in the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak. China has repeatedly denied that the lab was responsible for the outbreak.
Recently, US President Joe Biden ordered intelligence officials to “redouble” efforts to investigate the origins of COVID-19, including the theory that it came from a laboratory in China.

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