Biolabs in Ukraine and US lies

No longer a secret. (Of course we knew, but sheeple refused to accept)

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Any correlations? @Dr_Manhattan

I do believe there is, which is why whenever I hear the narrative relating to COVID origins and blame “China” is irritating. We all now know who is responsible!

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Fact-check: Are there 46 U.S. military-funded biolabs in Ukraine?

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Samantha Putterman, PolitiFact.com

June 18, 2022·5 min read

Viral social media posts: The Pentagon “finally comes clean” and “admits…that there are 46 U.S. military-funded biolabs in Ukraine”

PolitiFact’s ruling: False

Here’s why: The Pentagon released a new fact sheet about the government’s efforts to lessen the threat of weapons of mass destruction in Ukraine, Russia and other former Soviet countries — and internet conspiracy theorists took off running.

While the document largely repeats information about the programs’ accomplishments and efforts over the last several years, that didn’t stop some internet users from claiming that it contained a bombshell admission.

“US Department of Defense Finally Comes Clean – Admits in Public Document that There Are 46 US Military-Funded Biolabs in Ukraine,” a June 12 Gateway Pundit headline read.

“US asked to explain after Pentagon admits to operating 46 biolabs in Ukraine after months of denial,” read another June 12 headline by the Morning Star, a socialist newspaper published in Great Britain.

But these are mischaracterizations. The document doesn’t contain any evidence — new or otherwise — of U.S. biolabs in Ukraine.

The 46 facilities referenced in the articles and in the government’s fact sheet are owned and operated by Ukraine, and information about the facilities’ existence has been made publicly available by the Pentagon for some time.

The stories were flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed.

When Russia first invaded Ukraine in February, false claims took hold online that Russian President Vladimir Putin was targeting the country over its alleged abundance of U.S.-run biological weapons laboratories. At one point, the claims took on a new twist as some alleged that President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, had funded the supposed labs.

But fabricated stories from Russia proclaiming bioweapon use by the U.S. aren’t new, and allegations of a network of such labs along Russia’s border were shared in its state-run media before the invasion.

PolitiFact reached out to the Pentagon for comment but did not hear back.

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The Pentagon’s program

Since 2005, the U.S. has partnered with Ukraine through the Pentagon’s Biological Threat Reduction Program. The purpose is “to support peaceful and safe biological detection and diagnostic capabilities and to reduce the threats posed by pathogens,” according to a March 2022 government fact sheet.

Andy Weber, a member of the Arms Control Association Board of Directors and a former assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical, and biological defense programs, previously told us there are no U.S. military-run labs in Ukraine but rather health labs to help detect, prevent and mitigate infectious disease.

The Defense Department’s Cooperative Threat Reduction program “has provided technical support to the Ukrainian Ministry of Health since 2005 to improve public health laboratories, whose mission is analogous to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” Weber said.

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Also known as the Nunn-Lugar program, the initiative began after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 as a project aimed at dismantling and securing leftover weapons of mass destruction programs in former Soviet countries.

The facilities in Ukraine

The Pentagon hasn’t said anything new about the 46 facilities — we reported about them in April. In fact, the June 9 release at the center of these claims specifically states that Ukraine “has no nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons programs.”

With regard to the 46 facilities, the government fact sheet said the U.S. has:

“Worked collaboratively to improve Ukraine’s biological safety, security, and disease surveillance for both human and animal health, providing support to 46 peaceful Ukrainian laboratories, health facilities, and disease diagnostic sites over the last two decades. The collaborative programs have focused on improving public health and agricultural safety measures at the nexus of nonproliferation.”

In March, the Pentagon said much of the same, adding that the program has invested about $200 million in Ukraine, “supporting 46 laboratories, health facilities and diagnostic sites” and that it has “improved Ukraine’s biological safety, security and surveillance for both human and animal health.”

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While the U.S. is providing support for Ukraine, the labs are owned and operated by the Ukrainian government, Robert Pope, director of the Cooperative Threat Reduction Department, previously told PolitiFact.

“Specifically, we make the labs more secure from accidental or intentional release, provide diagnostic equipment, train personnel on the use of the equipment, and train them how to detect potential outbreaks,” Pope said. “DTRA not only does this with Ukraine, but also with partners in over 30 countries, at their request, to assist with safe disease detection and diagnosis.”

Our ruling

A Gateway Pundit article said, “US Department of Defense Finally Comes Clean – Admits in Public Document that There Are 46 US Military-Funded Biolabs in Ukraine.”

There was no “coming clean” — and the government made no such admission.

The document referenced in the stories repeated known information about 46 Ukrainian-owned and -operated laboratories, health facilities and diagnostic sites that have received support from the U.S. The document specifically states that Ukraine “has no nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons programs.”

We rate this claim False.

Our Sources

  • Gateway Pundit, US Department of Defense Finally Comes Clean – Admits in Public Document that There Are 46 US Military-Funded Biolabs in Ukraine, June 12, 2022
  • U.S. Department of Defense, Fact Sheet on WMD Threat Reduction Efforts with Ukraine, Russia and Other Former Soviet Union Countries, June 9, 2022
  • PolitiFact, There are no US-run biolabs in Ukraine, contrary to social media posts, Feb. 25, 2022
  • PolitiFact, The facts behind the Russian, right-wing narratives claiming Hunter Biden funded biolabs in Ukraine, April 1, 2022
  • PolitiFact, The facts behind the Russian, right-wing narratives claiming Hunter Biden funded biolabs in Ukraine, April 1, 2022
  • U.S. Department of Defense, The Department of Defense’s Cooperative Threat Reduction Program - Biological Threat Reduction Program Activities in Ukraine, March 11, 2022
  • Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, Fact Sheet: The Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, Accessed June 15, 2022

Why would you believe sources from our own Government or media that are known propaganda producers such as the BBC? Would they be capable of putting on a PR show for the purpose of plausible deniability? Its not like they are going to come out and readily admit to any wrong doing on their part. We know that because of the sabotage of the Nord Stream Pipeline narrative is one that they won’t admit either, even though overwhelming evidence suggests that the US was behind the operation.

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Former congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has clarified her comments about bio labs in Ukraine after she was accused of lending credibility to Russian propaganda.

In a series of tweets on Monday, the 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful responded to the fierce criticism she has received for a video about the threat of Moscow targeting “U.S.-funded bio labs” in Ukraine and spreading “deadly pathogens.”

Gabbard’s video, posted on March 13, was accused of echoing false claims made by the Kremlin to justify its invasion of Ukraine—that the country is housing labs funded by the U.S. military that are developing chemical or biological weapons.

The former Hawaii congresswoman also recently told Fox NewsTucker Carlson that she was “deeply concerned” over claims about biological weapons in Ukraine.

On Twitter, Gabbard explained that she doesn’t believe there are biological weapons labs or biological weapons in Ukraine—as Russia would have it—but was expressing concern about the fact that there are labs researching pathogens in an active warzone.

She suggested that there might have been some “miscommunication and misunderstanding” about the terms bio labs and bio weapons labs.

“‘Biolabs’ are facilities which contain and experiment with dangerous pathogens, ostensibly for the purpose of serving the public good (i.e. vaccines, etc.). ‘Biological weapons labs’ are facilities which exist for the purpose of turning pathogens into weapons so they can be used against an enemy (i.e. ‘bioweapons’),” Gabbard tweeted.

And the truth eventually comes out.

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Energy Department has concluded that the Covid pandemic most likely arose from a laboratory leak, according to a classified intelligence report recently provided to the White House and key members of Congress.

The shift by the Energy Department, which previously was undecided on how the virus emerged, is noted in an update to a 2021 document by Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines’s office.

The new report highlights how different parts of the intelligence community have arrived at disparate judgments about the pandemic’s origin. The Energy Department now joins the Federal Bureau of Investigation in saying the virus likely spread via a mishap at a Chinese laboratory. Four other agencies, along with a national intelligence panel, still judge that it was likely the result of a natural transmission, and two are undecided.

A nurse cared for a patient at a California intensive-care unit in May 2020 as Covid-19 continued to spread across the U.S.PHOTO: ALLISON ZAUCHA FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

The Energy Department’s conclusion is the result of new intelligence and is significant because the agency has considerable scientific expertise and oversees a network of U.S. national laboratories, some of which conduct advanced biological research.

The Energy Department made its judgment with “low confidence,” according to people who have read the classified report.

The FBI previously came to the conclusion that the pandemic was likely the result of a lab leak in 2021 with “moderate confidence” and still holds to this view.

The FBI employs a cadre of microbiologists, immunologists and other scientists and is supported by the National Bioforensic Analysis Center, which was established at Fort Detrick, Md., in 2004 to analyze anthrax and other possible biological threats.

U.S. officials declined to give details on the fresh intelligence and analysis that led the Energy Department to change its position. They added that while the Energy Department and the FBI each say an unintended lab leak is most likely, they arrived at those conclusions for different reasons.

The updated document underscores how intelligence officials are still putting together the pieces on how Covid-19 emerged. More than one million Americans have died in the pandemic that began more than three years ago.

The National Intelligence Council, which conducts long-term strategic analysis, and four agencies, which officials declined to identify, still assess with “low confidence” that the virus came about through natural transmission from an infected animal, according to the updated report.

The updated report was completed by Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines’s office earlier this year.PHOTO: JOSE LUIS MAGANA/ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Central Intelligence Agency and another agency that officials wouldn’t name remain undecided between the lab-leak and natural-transmission theories, the people who have read the classified report said.

Despite the agencies’ differing analyses, the update reaffirmed an existing consensus between them that Covid-19 wasn’t the result of a Chinese biological-weapons program, the people who have read the classified report said.

A senior U.S. intelligence official confirmed that the intelligence community had conducted the update, whose existence hasn’t previously been reported. This official added that it was done in light of new intelligence, further study of academic literature and consultation with experts outside government.

It’s amazing people still watch BBC and CNN after all the lies they have told, be it Ukraine or covid jab deaths

PS
NPR is no better. It just pretends to be for the more intellectual audience, self-proclaimed.

Beer guzzlers vs wine drinkers. What’s the difference?

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The advantages of building biolabs in Ukraine lie in the following. It’s easy to find volunteers for newfangled bacteria/virus/fungus for small amounts of money. If they do get sick and/or die, it’s easy to hush them and their families. (Ukraine is the most corrupt country in Europe). And Ukraine is situated next to Russia, and easy to spread a disease either by wind or birds, which has been done. Ukrainians have identical DNA to Russians.

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Replace the word “Western” with “Zionist” or “J–ish,” then it will be more correct.

They have been itching to kill off Christian Slavs.

Obama’s mother was a communist J–, which makes him what?

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