Ex-head of MI6 Sir Richard Dearlove says coronavirus ‘is man-made’ and was ‘released by accident’ – after seeing ‘important’ scientific report
By Sophie Tanno For Mailonline
4 June 2020
- Ex-MI6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove said he believes that Covid-19 is man-made
- He cited an ‘important’ report which claims virus was manufactured in a lab
- Believes China could be forced to pay ‘reparations’ to the rest of the world
Sir Richard Dearlove, who was head of the MI6, a role known informally as ‘C’, from 1999 until 2004, said he believes that Covid-19 is man-made.
He cited an ‘important’ report from Professor Angus Dalgleish of St George’s Hospital, University of Londonand Norwegian virologist Birger Sorensen which claims the virus was manufactured in a laboratory.
In the report, scientists claimed to have identified ‘inserted sections placed on the Sars-CoV-2 Spike surface’ which the virus uses to attach onto cells and observed they were ‘significantly different from any Sars we have studied’.
Sir Richard added that the report’s findings could force China to pay ‘reparations’ to the rest of the world due to the damage wrought by the virus.
‘I do not think that this started as an accident,’ Sir Richard told The Telegraph‘s Planet Normal podcast.
‘It raises the issue, if China ever were to admit responsibility, does it pay reparations?
‘I think it will make every country in the world rethink how it treats its relationship with China.’