TERRORISTS will wage war on the world with catastrophic biological weapons after the chaos of Wuhan’s “laboratory leak” showed how they could get away with murder, experts warned.
Evidence of a Covid Laboratory leaks have accumulated over the past year as scientists, researchers and governments seek answers, but US intelligence agencies fear they may never be able to uncover the true origins of the pandemic.
But genetic engineering expert Alina Chan and famed science writer Matt Ridley warned that “ignoring or dismissing” the possibility of a laboratory leak will have “serious implications” for the world.
Chan and Ridley said terrorists who are considering the use of biological weapons will have noticed how quickly China was able to reject the idea of a laboratory leak and avoid screening.
It means militants will now know how easily they can “get away with” the release of a catastrophic 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 that are conducting military-civilian research on dual-use pathogens and terrorists who are also considering the use of biological weapons are paying attention to what happened.
“Not only will they have noticed the vast scale of disruptions caused by an epidemic, but they will also have noticed how easily the Chinese authorities rejected a laboratory leak and sterilized an international investigation, with the voluntary help of many scientific experts from around the world. the world.
“Evil actors may have learned that they can easily get away with the creation and release of dangerous pathogens, with an 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 huge numbers of deaths in a short amount of time – and the epidemic would be difficult to contain once it is unleashed in the world.
There have been warnings that terrorist groups like ISIS and Boko Haram, or rogue states like North Korea, could access biological weapons – such as Ebola or Zika – and use them to create weapons of mass destruction.
It is already known that ISIS used Iraqi prisoners as human guinea pigs in experiments with chemical and possibly biological weapons between 2014 and 2016.
UN investigators have shed a terrifying new light on the terrorist group’s forays into the fabrication of a weapon of mass destruction.
“Evidence already gathered indicates that ISIL tested biological and chemical agents and conducted experiments on prisoners as part of this program, resulting in death,” the report said.
“It is suspected that armed blisters, nerve agents and toxic industrial compounds have been considered as part of the program.”
And there have already been ISIS-related terrorist plots foiled in Europe.
In 2018, Islamist extremist Sief Allah Hammami, a 29-year-old Tunisian, was arrested in Germany after planning a “bioweapons attack” using ricin poison.
‘GREATER POTENTIAL THREAT’
The terrifying plot has been described as “the greatest potential threat ever found in Europe”.
Prosecutors confirmed that the suspect “had contact with people from the jihadist spectrum”.
In a briefing in the European Parliament, analyst Beatrix Immenkamp urged members of the public to take the threat of bioterrorism from terrorists more seriously.
He said: “European citizens are not seriously contemplating the possibility of extremist groups being able to use chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear materials during attacks in Europe.”
And experts have sternly warned that al-Qaeda could also unleash biological weapons on the world in future terrorist attacks.
The US spy leaders have already said that the terrorist group it could rekindle its former terrorist training camps in Afghanistan to plot atrocities against Britain and America within two years as the jihadists regroup.
With the Taliban back in command after the withdrawal of US-led forces, al-Qaeda is said to be returning to the war-torn country.
Dr Zeno Leoni, from the Department of Defense Studies at King’s College London, said the terrorist group could “absolutely” use biological weapons in a future attack, considering its previous attempts.
He pointed to the alleged bioterrorism plot to attack the London Underground with ricin by suspected 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’s hard not to imagine the involvement of states in the event of a sophisticated attack.”
Al-Qaeda has reportedly already experimented with producing poison from nicotine.
It is not just terrorists who could be encouraged by the suffocated investigation into the origins of the Covid pandemic.
There are also fears that China has spent decades illicit search for biological weapons in dozens of secret sites ahead of a potential apocalyptic World War III.
The vast country is home to at least 50 indoor laboratories where state scientists are thought to have produced deadly “bacterial bombs”, accumulated deadly pathogens such as anthrax, and even probed coronaviruses as weapons.
High-profile defector Wei Jingsheng claimed China once used Nazi-style biological weapons and nuclear experiments on “human guinea pigs”.
China is assumed to have developed its biowarfare unit after World War II after being subjected to biological warfare from Japan – with the military academy 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 the bombshell evidence from scientists and researchers suggests Covid may have been tinkered with – but China denies all allegations of wrongdoing on the pandemic.
US intelligence reports and analysts also highlighted worrying concerns about biological weapons programs in North Korea and Russia.
A US State Department report released in 2017 states that Russia has not “sufficiently documented” whether its Soviet bioweapons were destroyed.
And a 2001 report from the South Korean government stated that North Korea was believed to have a supply of 2,500 to 5,000 tons of chemical and biological weapons, such as anthrax.
Analysts believe that Pyongyang has made “great strides” in all technical areas necessary for the production of biological weapons.
Andrew C. Weber, a Pentagon official in charge of 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 ones.
“The program is advanced, underrated and highly lethal.”
And according to NATO advisor Dr. Jill Dekker, Syria has also worked with several pathogens, including anthrax, plague, smallpox and cholera, some of which came from Russia, North Korea, Iran and Iraq.
He said it was no longer “the realm of science fiction” that Islamic extremists could attack with insects.
In a speech to the RUSI think tank on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, he said: “Covid 19 has taught us about deadly pathogens.
“The possibilities of bio-terrorism may seem like the realm of science fiction. But now it would be wise to prepare for their potential use by non-state actors.
“Islamism, both ideology and violence, is a first-rate security threat and, out of control, it will come to us, even if centered far from us, as 9/11 demonstrated.”
- Viral: the search for the origin of Covid-19 will be released on November 16