Emails obtained by Fox News show infighting between two top State Department officials over pursuing an investigation into the origins of COVID-19.
The report comes a day after former department officials told Vanity Fair they were warned not to pursue such a probe amid fears that it would bring attention to U.S. funding of research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology where the virus may have escaped and ”open a can of worms” about said research.
In the emails obtained by Fox, Chris Ford, the former acting under secretary for Arms Control and International Security, pushes back against a probe launched into the virus’ origins by a panel of experts.
His letter is directed at Thomas DiNanno, a former acting assistant secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance, and David Asher, a contractor who established the panel.
Ford said he was “all for demanding more transparency” of China and “delighted to press their feet to the fire for the honesty and clarity they’ve so far refused to provide.”
“As to making assertions beyond asking tough questions, however — and especially with insinuating or actually alleging sinister BW [bioweapon] work or the probability of laboratory origin — we need