“We had to spy on China.” US Congress attacks the 007: mistakes in the Covid pandemic

“We had to spy on China.”  US Congress attacks the 007: mistakes in the Covid pandemic

After the first news of the mysterious pandemic in Wuhan, the US was supposed to launch a spy operation in China to gain more knowledge of the virus and understand its danger. That’s what we read in a new report by the House Intelligence Committee, led by Democrats, which points the finger at the lack of clandestine intelligence operations in late 2019 and early 2020, when Covid appeared in China. It concludes that US intelligence lacks “the general capacity to deal with the emergence of a pandemic”. As of early January 2020, US intelligence is aware of the virus but has not had the time or “level of concern” to organize a spy operation to gather information that Beijing was not leaking to the world at the time. “The intelligence community needs to improve its performance in analyzing large amounts of data, identifying unusual trends in health activities that indicate that a disease has not yet been discovered or is being kept under wraps by health authorities,” concludes the report.

In the introduction, Adam Schiff, the Democrat who chairs the commission until next January, when the new Republican majority will take office, says that “in 2020 intelligence was not prepared to give an early warning or an overview of a pandemic”. However, it is recognized that the 007s in January and February of that year gave “clear and consistent warnings”, long before then President Donald Trump decided to declare a national emergency in March 2019.


Source: IL Tempo

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