“I do think that this started as an accident. It raises the issue, if China ever were to admit responsibility, does it pay reparations? I think it will make every country in the world rethink how it treats its relationship with China and how the international community behaves towards the Chinese leadership.”
Sir Richard Dearlove — Head of MI6 between 1999 and 2004
“Both the Health Secretary and the Chief Medical Officer’s office have spoken about this previously and have said that we have seen no evidence that the virus is man-made. There will need to be an independent inquiry to establish precisely how this virus spread and when.”
Prime Minister’s official spokesman
July 2 2020 — Sir Richard Dearlove — the head of MI6 between 1999 and 2004 — believes that the virus did not emerge naturally but was man-made by Chinese scientists. Speaking on The Daily Telegraph’s Planet Normal podcast, Sir Richard suggested Chinese scientists may have been experimenting on bat coronaviruses when Covid-19 escaped. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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Sir Richard, 75, pointed to a scientific paper published this week by a Norwegian-British research team who claim to have discovered clues within Covid-19’s genetic sequence suggesting key elements were “inserted” and may not have evolved naturally.
In their paper, Professor Angus Dalgleish of St George’s Hospital at the University of London and Norwegian virologist Birger Sorensen claim to have identified “inserted sections placed on the SARS-CoV-2 Spike surface” that explain how the virus binds itself to human cells.
Sir Richard suggested scientists may have been conducting secret gene-splicing experiments on bat corona-viruses when Covid-19 somehow escaped through a lapse in bio security.
“Really No Evidence”
There is little doubt that the virus started spreading in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019.
However, Professor David Robertson from the University of Glasgow told the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee that there was “really no evidence” of the virus being man-made.
“I don’t think we’re clever enough to have designed this virus – it’s far too unique,” he said. “There is really no evidence for this. We can all enjoy a conspiracy theory but you need to have evidence.”
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