By Jeremy Herb, Natasha Bertrand, Zachary Cohen and Pamela Brown, CNN
Updated 9:22 PM EST, Mon February 27, 2023
The Department of Energy’s low-confidence assessment that Covid-19 most likely originated from a laboratory leak in China is still a minority view within the intelligence community, three sources familiar with the intelligence community’s findings tell CNN.
While the FBI has also assessed – with moderate confidence – the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 likely leaked from a lab, the majority of the intelligence community still believes that Covid either emerged naturally in the wild, or that there is still too little evidence to make a judgment one way or another.
Three sources told CNN that the Department of Energy’s shift was based in part on information about research being conducted at the Chinese Centers for Disease Control in Wuhan, China, which was studying a coronavirus variant around the time of the outbreak.
Source: Assessment Covid-19 leaked from Chinese lab is a minority view within US intel community, sources say | CNN Politics
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