Now that President Biden (and the media) have finally accepted the distinct possibility that COVID leaked from a Chinese biolab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) – which ADN has reported on and advocated since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020 – the U.S intelligence community (IC) is currently sifting through and analyzing what CNN called a “treasure trove of genetic data” from the Wuhan lab.
This treasure trove could be key to uncovering the origins of the virus. How this massive data dump was captured is still unclear, though U.S. hacking Chinese cloud-based servers has been hinted at.
This data is a critical component of the administration’s 90-day review of intelligence on the origins of COVID-19. But there are obstacles.
One major challenge is finding the cleared personnel and resources to decipher the massive amounts of complex data in a classified setting. So, the IC needs Mandarin-speaking scientists with security clearances.
Not only do intelligence agencies need government scientists skilled enough to interpret complex genetic sequencing data and who have the proper security clearance, they also need to speak Mandarin, since the information is written in Chinese with a specialized vocabulary.
“Obviously there are scientists who are (security) cleared,” one source familiar with the intelligence told CNN. “But Mandarin-speaking ones who are cleared? That’s a very small pool. And not just any scientists, but ones who specialize in bio? So, you can see how this quickly becomes difficult.”
The other major challenge is harnessing the power of numerous supercomputers with enough computing power to process it all.
In order to decipher and translate this mountain of raw data into usable information, notes CNN – “intelligence agencies are relying on supercomputers at the Department of Energy’s National Labs, a collection of 17 elite government research institutions.”
CNN reported that:
This giant catalog of information contains genetic blueprints drawn from virus samples studied at the lab in Wuhan, China which some officials believe may have been the source of the Covid-19 outbreak, multiple people familiar with the matter tell CNN.
It’s unclear exactly how or when US intelligence agencies gained access to the information, but the machines involved in creating and processing this kind of genetic data from viruses are typically connected to external cloud-based servers — leaving open the possibility they were hacked, sources said.
Last month that senior Biden administration officials admitted that they now believe the theory that the virus accidentally escaped from a lab in Wuhan is at least as credible as the possibility that it emerged naturally somewhere else.
This was a dramatic shift from a year ago, when Democrats publicly downplayed the so-called lab leak theory, likely simply because President Trump supported it. ADN
Related ADN stories on COVID and China’s Wuhan lab:
US Official: More Evidence Suggests Coronavirus Leaked From China’s Wuhan Biolab
China’s Covid Virus Shows Failure of U.S. Biodefense
Is High-level CCP Chinese Defector Working with US Defense Intelligence Agency?
Why is Big Tech Giant ‘LinkedIn’ Aggressively Censoring Any Criticism of China?