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Steve Bannon Is Behind Bogus Study That China Created COVID

A new study purporting to show that the novel coronavirus was manufactured in a Chinese lab was published by a pair of nonprofit groups linked to Steve Bannon, the former top Trump strategist now facing felony fraud charges.

The study, co-authored by a Chinese virologist who fled Hong Kong this year, claims that “laboratory manipulation is part of the history of SARS-CoV-2.” Its findings were quickly picked up by a handful of prominent news organizations such as the New York Post, which hyped the “explosive” allegations that run counter to virtually all existing scientific literature on the source of the virus.

The study is the work of the Rule of Law Society and the Rule of Law Foundation, sister nonprofit organizations that Bannon was instrumental in creating. According to documents posted on the Society’s website last year, he served as that group’s chair. The Bannon connection was first spotted by Kevin Bird, a Ph.D. candidate at Michigan State University, and shared by Carl Bergstrom, a biology professor at the University of Washington, who called the study “bizarre and unfounded.”

A search of Google Scholar and the Rule of Law Society and Rule of Law Foundation websites indicates that the organizations have not previously published scientific or medical research, and it’s unclear whether the paper received any peer review. It was posted on Monday on the website Zenodo, a publicly available repository of scientific and academic research to which anyone can upload their work.

Both of the nonprofits behind the study were formed in conjunction with exiled Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui, with whom Bannon has collaborated on a number of advocacy efforts targeting the Chinese government and business endeavors that have drawn the scrutiny of federal law enforcement officials.

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by Anonymousreply 11Last Wednesday at 11:20 AM

Of course he is...

by Anonymousreply 1Last Wednesday at 7:34 AM

Unsurprising.

by Anonymousreply 2Last Wednesday at 7:37 AM

What's surprising to me is how people still believe that China is not capable of doing this and how people in power have this need to defend them in every opportunity.

by Anonymousreply 3Last Wednesday at 7:42 AM

Clearly, NOBODY is defending China R3.

The thread is about the stinking, grifting, lying piece of human excrement Bannon who's always there doing something nasty in the background.

by Anonymousreply 4Last Wednesday at 7:47 AM

Nobody is capable of making a virus out of whole cloth, R3. You have to have some of an actual virus to use (in whole or in part) when creating a new virus. The SARS-CoV-2 virus has unique properties that no one could have created in a lab.

by Anonymousreply 5Last Wednesday at 8:18 AM

The crooks just keep running deeper!

by Anonymousreply 6Last Wednesday at 8:23 AM

Grifters gonna grift.

It’s in their DNA.

by Anonymousreply 7Last Wednesday at 8:41 AM

About the whistleblower Li-Meng Yan

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by Anonymousreply 8Last Wednesday at 9:00 AM

What FOOLS you all are believing the Chinese authorities.

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by Anonymousreply 9Last Wednesday at 9:07 AM

Politics has ruined science.

by Anonymousreply 10Last Wednesday at 9:31 AM

Everything the GOP does is a lie.

It's in the political minority and has to make up stuff in order to confuse the electorate into either voting for them or not voting at all.

by Anonymousreply 11Last Wednesday at 11:20 AM
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