The Strategist

U.S. to declassify information on COVID-19 origin

03/21/2023 - 10:25

A bill requiring intelligence organizations to disclose any knowledge they have regarding the genesis of COVID-19 has been signed into law by U.S. President Joe Biden.

UN Women/Pathumporn Thongking
UN Women/Pathumporn Thongking
In order to safeguard against the disclosure of information that could "harm national security," Mr. Biden pledged to declassify as much information as he could. This was done "pursuant to a constitutional mandate."

"In order to avoid future pandemics, we must determine the cause of COVID-19. All classified information about COVID-19, including any connections to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, will continue to be reviewed by my government," Mr. Biden said in a statement.

The debate over the declassification of intelligence material reemerged in February as a result of leaks of a report on the potential laboratory origin of COVID-19 from the US Department of Energy. The Republicans ordered the disclosure, which was supported by Mr. Biden.