Today’s 5 Things include how much trouble Rudy Giuliani might be in (spoiler: probably lots); the Wuhan lab leak “theory”; COVID-19 vaccinations in the US; COVID-19 on cruise ships; and “Havana Syndrome,” or that weird sonic attack/sickness US diplomats and spies are experiencing.
- CNN: Faulty redactions in court document show federal investigators seized more info in case against Rudy Giuliani than previously disclosed
- Washington Post: Timeline: How the Wuhan lab-leak theory suddenly became credible
- Guardian: Half of American adults fully vaccinated against Covid, Biden officials say
- Jalopnik: Cruise Ship Crew Gets COVID Without Any Passengers At All, Vaccinated Or Not
- New Yorker: Are U.S. Officials Under Silent Attack?
There’s two basic versions of the Wuhan lab leak story regarding COVID-19. One is that China developed and released the virus on purpose, and the other is that the virus was developed for “research purposes” at a lab in Wuhan and escaped accidentally. The evidence for either story or any of its various permutations seems mighty damn thin at best, and, as far as I can tell, is bolstered only by the fact that we can’t figure out where in the animal kingdom the virus may have spawned.
For the record, I am deeply dubious about this whole Wuhan lab leak thing. Here’s a good Twitter thread by Matt Tait, national security and information security expert, on why this “theory” is suspicious.
I dunno, folks. I guess it’s not technically impossible, but the Wuhan lab leak idea sounds like bullshit to me, so for now I’d take all that with a big ol’ grain of salt.