Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo asked Republican Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) if he had heard the new report from Sky News Australia editor Sharri Markson that a Chinese scientific paper written in 2015 had examined ways the SARS virus might be used as a bioweapon. The report, she said, discussed the “weaponization of SARS coronaviruses five years before the pandemic, outlining their ideas in a document that predicted that a Third World War would be fought with biological weapons.” Johnson did not reveal if he had heard the report or not, but he did say, “Does that shock anyone?”
Markson, as it turns out, is a highly credible journalist in Australia. In the video below, Markson discusses the story. She emphasizes in her remarks that there are no credible allegations that China intentionally released the COVID-19 virus on the world. The bombshell is that this was a topic of discussion among People’s Liberation Army scientists in 2015 and that they actually formalized it into a research paper. The Chinese title, translated into English, is, “The Unnatural Origin of SARS and New Species of Man-Made Viruses as Genetic Bioweapons.”
This paper was obtained by the U.S. State Department during their investigation into the origins of the coronavirus, Markson said.
A report on her findings appeared in The Australian on Saturday which is behind a paywall. However, I have included a video of Markson presenting this story below as well as a transcription of her full remarks.
The research paper, which was actually a 263-page book, said the “SARS coronaviruses were heralding a ‘new era of genetic weapons’ that could be ‘artificially manipulated into an emerging human-disease virus, then weaponized and unleashed in a way never seen before,'” according to an account of the story that appeared in The Week.
A team of researchers from the World Health Organization conducted an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus and concluded in February that it was unlikely the virus had escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology as many had thought.
However, due to the WHO’s close relationship with Chinese leaders, their conclusion has been rejected by many in the intelligence community.
In a February discussion about the Chinese threat on Fox Business News’ show, “Evening Edit,” former acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell said: “Russia is a problem. China is a crisis.”
Transcription of Markson’s Full Remarks on Video
“The book was written by People’s Liberation Army scientists and senior Chinese public health officials back in 2015. It describes SARS coronaviruses as heralding and I quote ‘a new era of genetic weapons.’ It says they can be artificially manipulated into an emerging human disease virus weaponized and unleashed in a way never seen before.
“One of the authors of this book is the former deputy director of China’s Bureau of Epidemic Prevention, Li Feng, and the editor-in-chief of the paper, Zhu De Jong, was the leader of the SARS epidemic analysis expert group under the Chinese Ministry of Health. He reported to the top leadership of the Chinese military commission and the Health Ministry. During the 2003 SARS crisis, he briefed them 24 times. He also prepared three reports for the General Office of the Communist Party’s Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council. He gave two big interviews on Chinese state TV and appeared in six news articles. He was responsible for 16 national and military command topics.
“Now, just to be clear before I go on and bring you new information from this document while intelligence agencies suspect and they’ve been investigating this since early last year that COVID-19 may be the result of an accidental leak from a Wuhan lab. There’s no suggestion it was an intentional release.
“The significance of this paper is that it offers a rare insight into how senior scientists at one of the PLA’s most prominent military universities, where high levels of defense research are conducted.
“This Chinese language paper is called “The Unnatural Origin of SARS and New Species of Man-made Viruses as Genetic Weapons.”
“Following developments in other scientific fields, there have been major advances in the delivery of biological agents. For example, the newfound ability to freeze dry microorganisms has made it possible to store biological agents and aerosolize them during attacks. In this document, unbelievably, there’s a whole section on the best conditions under which to release a biological attack.
“It says this: Bioweapon attacks are best conducted during dawn, dusk, night or cloudy weather because intense sunlight can damage the pathogens. It says biological agents should be rain or snow can cause the aerosol particles to precipitate and it says a stable wind direction is desirable so it can float into the target area.
“The book notes as well how a sudden surge of patients requiring hospitalization during a bioweapon attack, and this is a quote, “could cause the enemy’s medical system to collapse.”
“It then goes on to talk about the potential need for isolation and quarantine.
“Here’s more from it. Large scale biological weapon attacks can cause many indirect consequences. In addition to human casualties, major impacts include enormous burden on health care system.
“Well, we’ve seen that. Biological weapon attacks have a much [more] prolonged effect than conventional attacks like explosion. It may also carry highly contagious diseases that can be transmitted through various means.
“The document also talks about the psychological terror that bioweapons can cause. It’s chilling. It says biological weapons will not only cause widespread morbidity and mass casualties, but also include formidable psychological pressure that could affect combat effectiveness just like other disasters. People will live under fear of attack for a considerable period of time causing brief or lasting psychological impairment among some.
“In other words, it goes on, attacks using biological weapons can cause acute and chronic psychological and mental illnesses such as acute stress reactions.
“Now among the most bizarre claim in this document is the theory by the authors, and there were 18 authors, most of them linked to this high-risk Military University. They claim, and it’s a conspiracy theory, that the first SARS from 2003 was a man-made bioweapon deliberately unleashed on China by terrorists. Of course, scientific consensus holds that SARS was of natural origin and that it crossed the xenographic barrier from palm civets to humans likely through the sale of wild animals in wet markets.
“So this is a very odd conspiracy theory for a senior Chinese military scientist to be pushing about the SARS pandemic of 2003. And it’s very similar to China now claiming that the COVID-19 pandemic was brought into Wuhan in frozen food or by the American military. These are conspiracy theories that the World Health Organization irresponsibly gave credence to in its recent whitewash of an investigation.
“But this isn’t just a random conspiracy theory from a senior military scientist. This shows what senior scientists are teaching the next generation of military scientists coming through. As well as reporting to the Chinese Ministry for Health, Xu Dezhong also held the position of professor and doctoral supervisor at the Air Force Medical University’s military epidemiology department. Here he trained more than a hundred Ph.D. and other students, putting this idea into young scientists minds that SARS from 2003 was a bioweapon inflicted on them by foreign terrorists.
“One of these students actually went on to write a thesis about this very topic of SARS being of unnatural origin and that thesis was uncovered, I found out today, by a group of internet researchers/investigators who go by the name of “DRASTIC.” I mean this is a war mentality, teaching Chinese students the best conditions under which to release a bio weapon.
“This is very dangerous stuff. Yet this editor-in-chief of this paper was successively rated as an outstanding teacher in the Army. He was given the Gold Medal of the Military Academy Education award. He was recognized as an advanced individual in the national SARS prevention and control work, ranked as an outstanding party member of the general staff and he still enjoys special government allowances.
“New Zealand data scientist Gilles Demaneuf. He is one of the people at “D.R.A.S.T.I.C.” who’ve been researching this individual. Xu Dezhong may be some fringe scientist based on his conspiracy theories about SARS. One well he is not. Instead, he is a renowned epidemiology professor at the fourth military medical university. He’s considered an outstanding party member within the PLA top levels and enjoys a special government allowance just like an academician.
“His training was really good “for sure.” This is what Demaneuf says: In 1981, he went to do some post-doc study in the U.S at the very top Baylor College of Medicine and in the U.S. CDC these days, he’s busy teaching his very special theories to doctoral and postdoc students. At least 53 and up to 100 so far who form the latest generation of PLA scientists.
“It’s just extraordinary that this is what they’re being taught at university, how to unleash a bioweapon attack as recently as 2015. This 263-page paper was published by the Chinese Military Medical Science press. That’s a Chinese government-owned publishing house managed by the general logistics department of the PLA.
“I’ve confirmed while investigating this story that senior State Department sources obtained this paper and analyzed it during their investigation into the origins of the coronavirus back in May 2020. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his chief China advisor Miles Yu then made a passing reference to it in that brilliant Wall Street Journal op-ed that they wrote back in February. They said a 2015 PLA study treated the 2003 SARS coronavirus outbreak as a contemporary genetic weapon launched by foreign forces.
“I tracked the paper after this. It circulated among Chinese dissident communities online. It came across the desk of Luke de Pulford. He’s the coordinator at the inter-parliamentary alliance on China, the global group set up last year to raise awareness about Chinese human rights abuses. He said to me that if this document is representative of the scientific thinking of those who advise the top leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, then there are very serious questions which need urgent answers.”