Evidence that the COVID-19 was the result of human error in a Chinese lab “far outweighs” other theories about the origins of the pandemic, Matt Pottinger said Sunday.
Pottinger served as deputy homeland security advisor under the Trump administration.
“If you weigh the circumstantial evidence, the ledger on the side of an explanation that says that this resulted from some kind of human error, it far outweighs the side of the scale that says this was some natural outbreak,” he said in an interview with CBS News’ Face the Nation.
He added: “We have very strong reason to believe that the Chinese military was doing secret classified animal experiments in that same laboratory, going all the way back to at least 2017.”
His statements come after current White House advisor Jake Sullivan doubted the veracity of the upcoming World Health Organization (WHO) report on the origins of the virus.
Sullivan accused the Chinese government of withholding raw data from researchers. He called on the WHO to “step up” its investigation.
Pottinger also criticized the WHO, claiming the organization “has a lot to answer for” for withholding information about COVID-19 when the pandemic first started.
The former official claimed that the WHO team of scientists was “deeply conflicted” and had been “hand selected” by the Chinese government.