Dr. David Morens: “I interpret this to mean that our government is lightening up but that Tony [Fauci] doesn’t want his fingerprints on origin stories.”
The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic revealed emails from Dr. David Morens, an advisor to Dr. Anthony Fauci, wich appear to show he used his personal email account to evade any Freedom of Information Act requests and discuss COVID origins.
Morens even said he deleted emails.
You have to conduct official business with your government emails. Morens may have broken the law:
In an email exchange between Morens and Bloomberg reporter Jason Gale, Morens made clear that he had to receive approval from the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services to talk about the “origins” of COVID-19.
“Sometimes they are touchy about certain issues and say no. For many months, I have not been approved to talk about the ‘origins’ on the record,” Morens wrote in the email, which was first published by The Intercept.
“But today, to my total surprise, my boss Tony [Fauci] actually ASKED me to speak to the National Geographic on the record about origins. I interpret this to mean that our government is lightening up[,] but that Tony doesn’t want his fingerprints on origin stories,” he added in the July 29, 2021, email to Gale.
The Intercept published all 47 pages with redactions.
This is serious business. Morens also bashed those who claimed COVID came from a lab leak:
“The lab leakers are already stirring up bullshit lines of attack that will bring more negative publicity our way — which is what this is about — a way to line up the [gain-of-function] attack on Fauci, or the ‘risky research’ attack on all of us,” wrote [EcoHeakth Alliance member Peter] Daszak in one email on September 7.
“Do not rule out suing these assholes for slander,” wrote Morens in response.
In a separate email, Morens slammed scientists such as Richard Ebright of Rutgers University, calling them “harmful demagogues.” He also lamented the media’s platforming of such figures.
“They need to be called out. Because I am in government I can only fo [sic] this off the record, but I have done do [sic] again and again,” he wrote. “Some of them are knowingly promoting false equivalences [sic]. If they interviewed a Holocaust survivor, they would say they have to give equal time and space to a Nazi murderer. They have no shame.”
But then, in 2021, Morens wrote that Fauci gave him permission to speak to National Geographic about COVID origins:
“For many months, I have not been approved to talk about ‘origins’ on the record. But today, to my total surprise, my boss Tony actually ASKED me to speak to the National Geographic on the record about origins,” Morens wrote at the time. “I interpret this to mean that our government is lightening up but that Tony doesn’t want his fingerprints on origin stories.”
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