TERRORISTS will wage war on the world with catastrophic biological weapons after the chaos of the Wuhan “lab leak” showed how they could get away with murder, experts have warned.
Evidence of a Covid lab leak has accumulated over the past year as scientists, researchers and governments seek answers – but U.S. intelligence agencies fear they will never be able to uncover the true origins of the pandemic.
Although questions continue to rage over whether the deadly virus could have escaped the Wuhan Institute of Virology, investigations into the shady lab were “easily” shut down by China.
But genetic engineering expert Alina Chan and acclaimed science writer Matt Ridley have warned that “ignoring or ruling out” the possibility of a lab leak would have “serious implications” for the world.
Chan and Ridley said terrorists considering the use of biological weapons will have noted how quickly China was able to dismiss the idea of a lab leak – and avoid scrutiny.
This means that activists will now know how easily they can “get away” with the release of a cataclysmic bioweapon, knowing that the source of the attack will likely never be found.
In their new book, Viral, Chan and Ridley said: “Regimes around the world who are conducting military-civilian research on dual-use pathogens, and terrorists who are also considering using biological weapons, are paying attention to what has happened. .
“Not only will they have noticed the extent of the disruption caused by an epidemic; they will also have noticed how easily the Chinese authorities ruled out a laboratory leak and sterilized an international investigation, with the voluntary help of numerous scientific experts from around the world.
“Infamous actors may have learned that they can easily get away with the creation and release of dangerous pathogens – with unpredictably large impact on their target populations.”
In a chilling warning, the World Health Organization said the risk of deadly pathogens being used in a terrorist attack is increasing.
Biological agents, such as anthrax, botulinum toxin and plague, can cause large numbers of deaths in a short period of time – and the epidemic would be difficult to contain once started on the world.
There have been warnings that terrorist groups like ISIS and Boko Haram, or rogue states like North Korea, could access biological weapons – like Ebola or Zika – and use them to create weapons of mass destruction. .
ISIS is already known to have used Iraqi prisoners as human test subjects in experiments with chemical and possibly biological weapons between 2014 and 2016.
UN investigators have shed terrifying new light on the terrorist group’s forays into the manufacture of a weapon of mass destruction.
“Evidence already obtained indicates that ISIL has tested biological and chemical agents and carried out experiments on prisoners under this program, causing death,” the report said.
“Militarized blisters, nerve agents and toxic industrial compounds are believed to have been considered under the program.”
And there have already been foiled terrorist plots linked to ISIS in Europe.
In 2018, alleged Islamist extremist Sief Allah Hammami, a 29-year-old Tunisian man, was arrested in Germany after planning a “biological weapon attack” using the castor poison.
“THE BIGGEST POTENTIAL THREAT”
The terrifying plot has been described as “the greatest potential threat ever discovered in Europe”.
Prosecutors confirmed that the suspect “had had contact with people belonging to the jihadist spectrum”.
In a briefing to the European Parliament, analyst Beatrix Immenkamp urged members of the public to take the threat of bioterrorism from terrorists more seriously.
She said: “European citizens do not seriously consider the possibility of extremist groups using chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear materials in attacks in Europe.
And experts have sternly warned that al Qaeda could also launch biological weapons at the world in future terrorist attacks.
U.S. spy chiefs have previously said the terror group could revive its former terrorist training camps in Afghanistan to prepare atrocities against Britain and America within two years as jihadists regroup.
With the Taliban returning to the helm following the withdrawal of US-led forces, al-Qaeda is reportedly back in the war-torn country.
Dr Zeno Leoni, of the Department of Defense Studies at King’s College London, said the terror group could “absolutely” use biological weapons in a future attack given its previous attempts.
He pointed to the alleged bioterrorist plot to attack the London Underground with ricin by alleged Al Qaeda agent Kamel Bourgass.
Dr Leoni told The Sun Online: “I think bioterrorism could be very basic, like when anthrax was used in the United States after 9/11. Or, it could involve the more sophisticated use of genetically modified organisms.
But he added: “It is hard not to imagine the involvement of states if a sophisticated attack were to occur.
Al-Qaeda has reportedly already experimented with the production of poison from nicotine.
It is not just terrorists who could be emboldened by the stifled investigation into the origins of the Covid pandemic.
There are also concerns that China spent decades illegally searching for biological weapons in dozens of secret sites before a possible doomsday third world war.
The vast country is home to at least 50 secret labs where state scientists are said to have made “deadly bacterial bombs”, stored deadly pathogens such as anthrax and even probed armed coronaviruses.
High-level defector Wei Jingsheng claimed that China had previously carried out Nazi-style biological weapons and nuclear experiments on “human guinea pigs.”
China is said to have developed its germline warfare unit after WWII after being subjected to biological warfare by Japan – the military academy having been established in 1951.
Documents obtained by the United States show that the commanders of the People’s Liberation Army believed that future battles could be fought with biological weapons.
And explosive evidence from scientists and researchers suggests Covid may have been tinkered with – but China denies all claims of wrongdoing during the pandemic.
U.S. intelligence reports and analysts have also highlighted surprising concerns about biological weapons programs in North Korea and Russia.
A US State Department report released in 2017 said Russia had not “documented sufficiently” whether its Soviet biological weapons had been destroyed.
And a 2001 South Korean government report said North Korea has a stockpile of 2,500 to 5,000 tonnes of chemical and biological weapons – like anthrax.
Analysts believe that Pyongyang has made “major progress” in all the technical fields necessary for the production of biological weapons.
Andrew C. Weber, a Pentagon official responsible for nuclear, chemical and biological defense programs under President Obama, told the New York Times: “North Korea is much more likely to use biological weapons than nuclear weapons.
“The program is advanced, underrated and highly lethal.”
And according to NATO consultant Dr Jill Dekker, Syria has also worked with several pathogens, including anthrax, plague, smallpox and cholera – some of which came from Russia, North Korea, d ‘Iran and Iraq.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned terrorists could wage war on the West with sinister biological weapons after seeing the disaster caused by Covid.
He said it was no longer “the realm of science fiction” that Islamist extremists could attack with bugs.
In a speech to think tank RUSI marking 20 years of the 9/11 attacks, he said: “Covid 19 has taught us about deadly pathogens.
“The possibilities of bioterrorism may seem like science fiction. But we would be wise now to prepare for their potential use by non-state actors.
“Islamism, both ideology and violence, is a major security threat; and, left unchecked, it will come to us, even if it is centered away from us, like 9/11 the has demonstrated.”
- Viral: the search for the origin of Covid-19 will be released on November 16