Pompeo says 'significant' evidence new coronavirus emerged from Chinese laboratory

WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Mike said Sunday there was a significant amount of evidence that the new coronavirus arose from one, but did not question the conclusion by US intelligence agencies that it was not man-made.

There is a significant amount of evidence that this came from that laboratory in Wuhan, Pompeo told ABC This Week, referring to what emerged late last year in China and has killed some 240,000 people worldwide, including more of 67,000 in the United States .

Pompeo luego contradijo brevemente una declaración emitida esta semana por la principal agencia de espionaje de United States que decía que el virus no parecía estar hecho por el hombre ni modificado genéticamente. Esa declaración socava las teorías de conspiración promovidas por activistas contra China y algunos partidarios del presidente Donald Trump que sugieren que fue desarrollada en un laboratorio de armas biológicas del gobierno chino.

The best experts so far seem to think it was man-made. I have no reason not to believe that at the moment, Pompeo said. When the interviewer pointed out that this was not the conclusion of the US intelligence agencies. In the US, Pompeo backed off saying: I have seen what the intelligence community has said. I have no reason to believe they were wrong.

El Departamento de Estado de United States no respondió de inmediato a una solicitud de aclaración sobre los comentarios de Pompeo.

Thursday's report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said it coincided with the broad scientific consensus that the disease was not caused by man.

American officials familiar with the intelligence reports and analyzes have said for weeks that they do not believe Chinese scientists developed the coronavirus in a government biological weapons laboratory from which it later escaped.

Rather, they have said they believe it was introduced through human contact with wildlife at a meat market in the central city of Wuhan, or that it could have escaped from one of the two Wuhan government laboratories believed to be conducting civil investigations into possible biological risks.

Pompeo said Thursday that it was not known whether the virus came from the Wuhan Virology Institute, a meat market, or elsewhere. Trump said the same day that he was confident it might have originated from a Chinese virology laboratory, but declined to describe the evidence.

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