THE CIA believes China threatened the WHO into delaying warnings about Covid-19 while it hoarded medical supplies, a new report says.
According to the bombshell document, Beijing told the World Health Organisation they would stop working with them if the agency declared a global health emergency.
The alleged pressure in January enabled China to stockpile crucial medical equipment while the coronavirus spread around the world, reports Newsweek.
This comes as the respiratory disease has killed nearly 300,000 people globally with President Donald Trump branding the WHO a tool of “Chinese propaganda.”
Trump says there is enough evidence China misled the rest of the world about the nature of the outbreak while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Beijing of withholding samples of Covid-19 from other countries.
COVER UP CLAIMS
Two US intelligence sources confirmed the contents of the CIA report, titled 'U.N.-China: WHO Mindful But Not Beholden to China,' to Newsweek.
This comes after other similar leaked spy documents have alleged Beijing attempted to cover up the crisis.
A German intelligence document claimed Chinese President Xi Jinping personally pressured the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus into downplaying the risk of the virus.
Newspaper Der Spiegel cited sources from Munich's Federal Intelligence Service, known as the 'Bundesnachrichtendienst' (BND).
HOARDED MEDICAL SUPPLIES
The spy document said: “On January 21, China's leader Xi Jinping asked WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to hold back information about a human-to-human transmission and to delay a pandemic warning.
“The BND estimates that China's information policy lost four to six weeks to fight the virus worldwide.”
In response, the WHO branded the claims “unfounded and untrue.”
A third dossier, from the Five Eyes intelligence agencies of the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, stated that China's secrecy surrounding the virus led to an "assault on international transparency".
It said: "Despite evidence of human-human transmission from early December, PRC authorities deny it until January 20.
"The World Health Organisation does the same. Yet officials in Taiwan raised concerns as early as December 31, as did experts in Hong Kong on January 4."
A fourth intelligence report by the Department of Homeland Security, much like the CIA dossier, claims China deliberately downplayed the deadliness of the new virus while slyly increasing imports and decreasing exports of vital medical gear, according to the Associated Press.
But China then tried to cover up its actions by “denying there were export restrictions and obfuscating and delaying provision of its trade data,” the analysis adds.
The beleaguered health agency also released a statement via Newsweek responding to the reported CIA document.
It read: “We don't comment on specific discussions with member states but we can say that at all times during the pandemic WHO has acted in accordance with its mandate as an evidence-based technical organization focusing on protecting all people, everywhere.”
“WHO bases its recommendations on science, public health best practices, evidence, data, and the advice of independent experts.”
The organization said WHO boss Tedros did not communicate with President Xi between January 20 and 22 before the pair met in Beijing on the 28th.
When the agency did finally declare the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on January 30 they praised China's handling of the pandemic.
At the time, Tedros said: “Let me be clear: This declaration is not a vote of no confidence in China. On the contrary, WHO continues to have confidence in China's capacity to control the outbreak.”
At the weekend, the Communist Party issued a 30-page document slamming “preposterous allegations” about its handling of the crisis.
The report even quoted Abraham Lincoln, saying: “As Lincoln said, you can fool some of the people all the time and fool all the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
Last month, a report claimed China has intentionally lied about its number of coronavirus cases and deaths.
The country faked the numbers on purpose, the American intelligence community concluded in a classified report given to the White House last week, Bloomberg News reported, citing three U.S. officials.
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