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When I published the first in what’s become a series about the defection of a high-ranking Chinese government official on June 4, there was zero reaction from the mainstream media, and the reaction from the professional former spook crowd was a quick dismissal of the story.

Sorry. Sounds like BS.

— John Sipher (@john_sipher) June 4, 2021

DIA risks arrests if they kept US citizen espionage info from FBI. Sounds like BS.

— John Sipher (@john_sipher) June 4, 2021

Granted, it hasn’t been the standard operating procedure for defectors to be handled by DIA or for the information to be kept from other agencies or the White House for a time. But, as I said in an editor’s note at the end of my first post, I stand by my sources.

RedState’s website felt the reaction about 12 hours later, though, experiencing a DDOS attack.

As the story has progressed, though, the reactions are an interesting and disturbing insight into how those with their own agendas attempt to shape the narrative and marginalize those who won’t go along with that narrative. This gets a little lengthy, so the “too long, didn’t read” summary is that what I’ll call the professional former spook community went from saying RedState’s reporting was completely untrue and used to attack Dr. Fauci, to admitting that parts of it could be true, to taking credit for the reporting.

June 11, 2021:

My second story in the series was published with further details about the information the defector provided and some of the ways in which it was validated. Particularly, I noted that information about the SARS-CoV-2 virus – information that was omitted in the partial genome sequence Beijing first provided the world – provided by the defector was sent blindly to a Stanford virologist, and that information (about a double CGG amino acid sequence) led to the virologist concluding that “the virus was developed in a laboratory.” The virologist and his partner, a scientist formerly with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, had published their findings in the Wall Street Journal on June 6.

I also

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