Pompeo Endorses British Bull Offensive Against China
May 3, 2020 (EIRNS)—Over the last two days, a series of typical British Empire contentless reports under headlines about Chinese malfeasance, have flooded their loyal media. The first of these originated with the Daily Telegraph of Australia. It claimed that it had obtained a 15-page dossier with evidence that China had lied about the extent and severity of the novel coronavirus epidemic and then stockpiled medical supplies it produced rather than exporting them to other nations.
Oddly, although this allegedly occurred at a time when there were approximately zero COVID-19 cases outside of China, supposed backers of President Donald Trump—who ordered U.S. producers to stop shipping such supplies abroad before U.S. needs were met—treat China’s alleged action as a crime against humanity.
The claim that China lied about the severity of the epidemic was based solely on the British tradition of carefully parsing facts to make sure, as Lewis Carroll’s Humpty Dumpty insisted, that “it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.” The dossier asserts, with no evidence published to support it, that the Chinese knew the virus was spread from human to human in December 2019, but claimed on Jan. 14, 2020, as reported by a World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman that it had “no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission.” At that time, there had only been 41 cases of human infection by the virus, but the WHO official making the statement added, “human-to-human transmission would not be surprising given our experience sith SARS and other respiratory pathogens.” Eight days later, WHO confirmed that there was evidence of human-to-human transfer.
The Telegraph claims the dossier was the product of the British Empire’s “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance. This is an arrangement founded to implement stage one of the 1946 proposal made by Winston Churchill at the invitation and with the support of U.S. President Harry Truman to reunite the United States with the Empire beginning with intelligence collaboration. Britain’s Independent, however, that also published an article based on the Telegraph’s, claimed that was no “specific joint operation” that produced it. No one associated with any of the “Five Eyes” intelligence agencies has publicly endorsed the ostensible dossier.
Shortly following the reporting on the Five Eyes dossier, which has not actually been published, U.S. ABC News reported that it had “obtained” a report by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with similar findings. Neither DHS nor, apparently, anyone else has published this report. The contents reported by ABC are the same as the similarly unverified “Five Eyes” report.
This morning U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo discussed this with ABC’s Martha Raddatz. His response was to simply reference prior, unsupported claims.
“So, Martha, you’ve got the facts just about right. We can confirm that the Chinese Communist Party did all that it could to make sure that the world didn’t learn in a timely fashion about what was taking place. There’s lots of evidence of that.... All the kind of things that authoritarian regimes do. It’s the way the Communist Party has operated. This is classic communist disinformation effort.... Now you can see hundreds of thousands of people around the world, tens of thousands in the United States, have been harmed. President Trump is very clear: We’re going to hold those responsible accountable and we’ll do so on a timeline that is our own.”
He did not repeat the claim that China’s methods, which the United States did not follow, resulted in a higher per-capita COVID-19 death rate in China than in the United States. For that claim to be true, he would have to explain how U.S. intelligence capabilities could not demonstrate a death rate 50 times or more greater than what China has reported.