US intelligence has managed to gain access to data from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, which may help refute or confirm the theory of the coronavirus’s laboratory origin. CNN.
At this time it is unknown how US intelligence services got this information. But according to CNN sources, it was stored on computers that use cloud services that are potentially vulnerable to outside interference.
The Americans plan to involve in the processing of a huge range of information the high-powered computers of the US Department of Energy’s national laboratories – these are 17 state research institutions of the highest level.
The work will also require significant intellectual resources, as deciphering the genetic sequencing data from the Wuhan laboratory requires experienced scientists with knowledge of Chinese, as all information is written in specialized words in this language.
The main question US experts want to answer in this study is how this virus can be transmitted from animal to human.
“The unraveling of this mystery is the key to ascertaining whether COVID-19 is transmitted as a result of a leak from a laboratory or as a result of transmission from wild animals to humans,” CNN quoted sources as saying.
The United States has long attempted to obtain data on 22,000 samples of the virus studied by the Wuhan Institute.
In September 2019, Chinese officials withdrew information about samples from the Internet and have since refused to disseminate it or other data related to the first cases of the coronavirus, the WHO and the United States, CNN writes.
CNN sources neither confirmed nor denied whether information about these samples was contained in data that US intelligence services had access to.
According to him, information about the missing part of the genetic code may not be enough to establish the origin of the virus. This would require a lot of other evidence.
CNN notes that some US officials do not rule out that Chinese scientists modified the coronavirus in a laboratory, after which one of its employees became infected and spread the virus. It is also possible that the infection may have occurred in the natural environment during sampling from an infected animal.
In any case, CNN negotiators say the processing of the data is unlikely to be a sensation.
“Several sources have told CNN that officials do not expect to find unconditional evidence, such as intercepted messages, unless something surprisingly unexpected happens,” the report said. .
The review was produced by Tetyana Kyrilyuk, BBC Monitoring Service..
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