INVESTIGATION DOCS: Chinese Scientist Smuggled Deadly Viruses From Canadian Lab To Wuhan Institute Of Virology

Newly unclassified documents confirm that Chinese scientists smuggled deadly viruses from Canadian lab to Wuhan Institute of Virology. When GreatGameIndia first published the report in January, regarding this biological espionage at Canadian lab, it was viciously attacked by a section of mainstream media. The shipment was sent just months before the Coronavirus outbreak by Chinese biowarfare agent Dr. Xiangguo Qiu.

Canadian authorities are still in denial about Qiu’s role in the shipment although released documents mention her by name. The authorities are also downplaying the investigation dubbing it an “administrative issue”, while heavily redacting crucial information citing national security laws. Dr. Qiu not only trained scientists at the Wuhan lab but also helped set it up, which is now under worldwide scrutiny as the epicenter of Coronavirus outbreak.

INVESTIGATION DOCS Chinese Scientist Smuggled Deadly Viruses From Canadian Lab To Wuhan Institute Of Virology
INVESTIGATION DOCS Chinese Scientist Smuggled Deadly Viruses From Canadian Lab To Wuhan Institute Of Virology
  • Newly released docs confirm GGI findings regarding Chinese scientists smuggling deadly viruses from Canadian lab to Wuhan Institute of Virology
  • The shipment was sent just months before the Coronavirus outbreak by Chinese biowarfare agent Dr. Xiangguo Qiu
  • The shipment was routed from Winnipeg to Toronto and then to Beijing on a commercial Air Canada flight on Mar. 31, 2019
  • The names of Qiu’s collaborators in Beijing have also been blacked out in the documents
  • Meanwhile, the NML director-general involved in the shipment with Qiu resigned from his job “to take his family on a big adventure”
  • Canadian authorities are still in denial about Qiu’s role in the shipment although released documents mention her by name
  • The authorities are also downplaying the investigation dubbing it an “administrative issue”, while heavily redacting crucial information citing national security laws
  • Qiu not only trained scientists at the Wuhan lab but also helped set it up, which is now under worldwide scrutiny as the epicenter of Coronavirus outbreak

Newly released investigation Documents confirm GGI findings

Newly-released access-to-information documents have revealed details about how Chinese scientists smuggled deadly viruses from Canada’s National Microbiology to Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. The shipment was sent just months before the Coronavirus outbreak. The documents published by CBC News confirm findings in GreatGameIndia’s report Coronavirus Biowepon that it was Dr. Xiangguo Qiu who sent these deadly viruses to Wuhan.

The ATIP documents list the contents of the shipment including two vials each of 15 strains of virus (about 15 ml):

  • Ebola Makona (three different varieties)
  • Mayinga
  • Kikwit
  • Ivory Coast
  • Bundibugyo
  • Sudan Boniface
  • Sudan Gulu
  • MA-Ebov
  • GP-Ebov
  • GP-Sudan
  • Hendra
  • Nipah Malaysia
  • Nipah Bangladesh

However, Canadian authorities are still in denial about Qiu’s role in the espionage and insist it is just an administrative matter.

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Administrative Matter or National Security

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) which initiated the RCMP investigation against Dr. Xiangguo Qiu, her husband Keding Cheng and her students from China has described their removal from Canada’s only level-4 lab as a possible “policy breach.” PHAC said the shipment and Qiu’s eviction from the lab are not connected.

“The administrative investigation is not related to the shipment of virus samples to China. In response to a request from the Wuhan Institute of Virology for viral samples of Ebola and Henipah viruses, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) sent samples for the purpose of scientific research in 2019,” Eric Morrissette, chief of media relations for Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada wrote in an email.

Canadian lab sent deadly viruses to Wuhan documents
Canadian authorities are still in denial about Qiu’s role in the shipment although released documents mention her by name. The authorities are also downplaying the investigation dubbing it an “administrative issue”, while heavily redacting crucial information citing national security laws. Dr. Qiu not only trained scientists at the Wuhan lab but also helped set it up, which is now under worldwide scrutiny as the epicenter of Coronavirus outbreak. (Karen Pauls/CBC News)

However, the unclassified documents show otherwise. The ATIP documents provide details about concerns expressed by the NML’s director-general Matthew Gilmour in Winnipeg, and his superiors in Ottawa. The email communication mentions Qiu by name, thanking her for sending the deadly viruses.

In one email, Gilmour said Material Transfer Agreements would be required, “not generic ‘guarantees’ on the storage and usage.”

He also asked David Safronetz, chief of special pathogens: “Good to know that you trust this group. How did we get connected with them?”

Safronetz replied: “They are requesting material from us due to collaboration with Dr. Qiu.”

The shipment was routed from Winnipeg to Toronto and then to Beijing on a commercial Air Canada flight on Mar. 31, 2019. The very next day, the recipients (kept secret) replied that the package had arrived safely.

“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to you all for your continuous support, especially Dr. Qiu and Anders! Thanks a lot!! Looking forward to our further cooperation in the future,” said the heavily redacted email, which does not provide the name of the sender.

Curiously, for just an “administrative issue”, important documents regarding the case are redacted by Canadian authorities citing national security. Nearly one year after the expulsion of Qiu and her from the NML, there are still no updates on the case from the RCMP or PHAC keeping the exact role of Qiu and her associates still a mystery for the people.

Dr. Xiangguo Qiu – Scholar or Spy

There is a push by a section of media to build a one-sided narrative regarding Dr. Xiangguo Qiu, completely ignoring her ties to Chinese military published earlier by GreatGameIndia. Various experts have raised questions on deadly experiments being conducted by governments in secret and trying to cover it up now.

“It is suspicious. It is alarming. It is potentially life-threatening. We have a researcher who was removed by the RCMP from the highest security laboratory that Canada has for reasons that government is unwilling to disclose. The intelligence remains secret. But what we know is that before she was removed, she sent one of the deadliest viruses on Earth, and multiple varieties of it to maximize the genetic diversity and maximize what experimenters in China could do with it, to a laboratory in China that does dangerous gain of function experiments. And that has links to the Chinese military,” said Amir Attaran, a law professor and epidemiologist at the University of Ottawa.

Qiu made at least five trips to China in 2017-18, including one to train scientists and technicians at China’s newly certified Level 4 lab. Qiu was invited to go to the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences twice a year for two years, for up to two weeks each time.

“This will be third-party funded, and therefore no cost to [the Public Health Agency of Canada],” say the documents, obtained through access to information requests. The identity of the third-party was again, redacted. During a Sept. 19-30, 2017, trip, she also met with collaborators in Beijing, the documents say, but their names have also been blacked out.

Questions over RCMP Investigation

Scientists at the Canadian lab say there have always been questions about Qiu’s trips to China — and what information and technology she was sharing with researchers there. They claim that key people related to the case have not been interviewed by the investigators “because senior management has not made them accessible to police or allowed staff to contact them with relevant information.”

“It’s not right that she’s a Canadian government employee providing details of top-secret work and know-how to set up a high-containment lab for a foreign nation,” one employee said.

The Canadian National Microbiology Laboratory has been mired with controversy since the RCMP investigation began. Canadian scientist Frank Plummer who headed the NML ended up dead a week after GreatGameIndia‘s report on the RCMP investigation was published. Plummer is associated with another key individual to our investigation – the Dutch virologist Ron Fouchier. Known as the creator of the world’s deadliest virus, Fouchier also isolated the SARS Coronavirus and smuggled it out of Saudi Arabia, which was then sent to Frank Plummer.

Last month another NML’s director Matthew Gilmour who was also involved in the shipment of deadly viruses with Qiu, resigned from his job “to take his family on a big adventure.”

Qiu has been under suspicion for smuggling deadly viruses and training Chinese scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology which is now under scrutiny for conducting deadly experiments with these viruses which French intelligence warned earlier could become the source of a pandemic from a potential leak.

These secret Chinese experiments were exposed by the Italians in 2015. Five years ago, Italian state owned media Company, Rai – Radiotelevisione Italiana, exposed how Chinese scientists were doing biological experiments on a SARS connected virus believed to be Coronavirus, derived from bats and mice, asking whether it was worth the risk in order to be able to modify the virus for compatibility with human organisms.

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