On Friday, The Heritage Foundation filed a lawsuit against the CIA for refusing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from the conservative think tank. The request was for information relating to members of the team the CIA put together to investigate the origins of COVID, six of whom have been accused by a whistleblower of accepting bribes to change their position.
And this whistleblower isn’t some random, anonymous person on Twitter. Back in September, they testified before the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic.
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According to the House Oversight Committee:
The whistleblower, who presents as a highly credible senior-level CIA officer, alleges that of the seven members assigned to the CIA team tasked with analyzing COVID-19 origins, six officers concluded that the virus likely originated from a lab in Wuhan, China. The CIA, then however, allegedly offered financial incentives to six of the experts involved in the investigation to change their conclusion in favor of a zoonotic origin.
After the testimony, four Republican Senators, led by Rand Paul (R-KY), sent a letter to CIA director, William J. Burns, requesting information regarding the whistleblower’s allegations. The Heritage Foundation also filed a FOIA request for the information, and the CIA’s refusal to comply with it is why the think tank’s Oversight Project is currently suing them.
According to The Daily Caller:
Heritage is suing the CIA in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and its lawsuit lays out five claims of relief against the CIA.
Heritage’s original FOIA request sought records from the creation of the discovery team and all records shared among team members associated with COVID-19’s origins. In addition, the conservative group demanded records of any financial bonuses and communications between discovery team members and officials from numerous agencies across the federal government.
The lawsuit asks the court to compel the CIA to produce all non-exempt records under Heritage’s prior FOIA request and to cover Heritage’s costs incurred.
This lawsuit comes at a time when more and more people, both inside and outside the government, are finally admitting that COVID most likely came from a lab in Wuhan. A theory that for years has been dismissed as conspiracy.