Iain Duncan Smith urges ministers to open MI6’s Covid files on Wuhan lab theory
Iain Duncan Smith urges ministers to open MI6’s Covid files as the US leads the way on investigating Wuhan lab leak theory
Sir Iain Duncan Smith last night urged ministers to release MI6 briefings about Covid-19’s origins.
The Tory former leader’s intervention came after the US House of Representatives unanimously voted to declassify intelligence about China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Sir Iain told the Mail that the Government ‘must declassify our intelligence’ to justify its initial dismissal of the lab leak theory.
Referencing leaked WhatsApp messages revealed in the Press this week, he said: ‘The British Government has never told us the truth about their views on this and we have only discovered it from Matt Hancock.
If they dismiss the lab leak theory then let’s see their intelligence as to why they do so.’
Sir Iain Duncan Smith (pictured) last night urged ministers to release MI6 briefings about Covid-19’s origins
A criticised World Health Organisation investigation carried out with China in 2021 said the lab leak theory was ‘extremely unlikely’.
In the US, intelligence relating to the Wuhan Institute of Virology and information on ‘potential links’ between research done there and the outbreak of Covid-19 is set to be declassified.
US intelligence agencies are divided over whether a lab leak or a spillover from animals is the probable source of the virus.
Representative Michael Turner, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the American public deserves to know ‘how this virus was created and, specifically, whether it was a natural occurrence or was the result of a lab-related event’.