“Men bileve not lyghtly hym whiche is knowen for a lyer.”
William Caxton — English merchant, diplomat, and writer (c. 1422 – c. 1491)
“What’s the cadet motto at West Point? You will not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those who do. I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole. It’s – it was like – we had entire training courses. It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment.”
Former CIA Director Mike Pompeo — Texas A&M University (April 15, 2019)
April 30 2020 — There is a first time for everything. Today, I will post a cartoon based on the story of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf“, one of the best known Aesop’s Fables. I wish the kids a good time and I hope that the adults will appreciate the story. Yours Truly, L. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
Yesterday Old fable — The tale concerns a shepherd boy who repeatedly tricks nearby villagers into thinking a wolf is attacking his town’s flock.
When a wolf actually does appear and the boy again calls for help, the villagers believe that it is another false alarm and the sheep are eaten by the wolf.
In later English-language poetic versions of the fable, the wolf also eats the boy.
Today — Do you trust Pompeo now?
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is now urging China to tell the truth about the Coronavirus pandemic.
According to Pompeo, Beijing’s delay in sharing information about the virus has created risks to people worldwide that had “truly put thousands of lives at risk.”
“My concern is that this cover-up, this disinformation that the Chinese Communist Party is engaged in, is still denying the world the information it needs so that we can prevent further cases or something like this from recurring again,” Pompeo stated on March 25 2020.
On April 29 2020, Mike Pompeo pushed China again to provide the world access to its virology labs in Wuhan, saying the world needed to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic originated there and that Beijing had an obligation to be transparent. [News conference at the State Department]
“We still haven’t gained access, the world hasn’t gained access to the WIV (Wuhan Institute of Virology) there.
We don’t know precisely where this virus originated from.
There are multiple labs that are continuing to conduct work, we think, on contagious pathogens inside of China today and we don’t know if they are operating at a level of security to prevent this from happening again.
The Chinese Communist Party tells us they want to be our partners. (…)
There is a continuing obligation on the part of reliable partners to share this information.”
I am glad that Pompeo has finally realised that lies kill people. Better late than never…
But I am not entirely sure that Pompeo is the best person to point the finger at the Chinese disinformation programme.
PS — Just in case Mike Pompeo reads this blog, I will advise him to find an answer to these three questions. Q1 — Why have the Chinese authorities rejected the help and supervision from five French scientists as it was originally decided when the project of the Wuhan lab was agreed between the two countries? Q2 — Where are the 4 French mobile P3 laboratories that are currently unaccounted for? Q3 — Who is patient ZERO?
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