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A Special Report by Brian Duff and Daisy Luther

Slightly more than three years after the name “COVID-19” was coined for a novel coronavirus that infected the world, we still have more questions than answers. A bombshell report has just been released by the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. The report, Muddy Waters: The Origins of Covid, is the result of an almost two-year, bipartisan investigation into the origins of the COVID virus. The group was led by U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-Kansas). You can read the entire 302-page document yourself at this link.

Here’s what it’s all about. From Page 1, Paragraph 2:

Experts have put forward two dominant theories on the origins of the virus. The first theory is that SARS-CoV-2 is the result of a natural zoonotic spillover. The second theory is that the virus infected humans as the result of a research- related incident.

The information contained in this Source Reference Document reflects 18 months of extensive research and accompanying analyses of these two plausible hypotheses. This document was the product of a multi-disciplinary effort by medical, scientific, legal, political, and general policy analysts to catalog open-source (unclassified) information relevant to the respective theories.

Both hypotheses are plausible. The natural zoonotic spillover hypothesis is weakened by the absence of key epidemiological and genetic data from the Huanan Seafood Market. However, data required to support a natural zoonotic source is dependent on information provided by China, and that is incomplete or contradictory. The preponderance of circumstantial evidence supports an unintentional research-related incident.

But wait a second. Read this part again.

...data required to support a natural zoonotic source is dependent on information provided by China, and that is incomplete or contradictory…

We’re being told the release of COVID-19 was unintentional, but the sentence directly before that conclusion says that it’s “dependent upon incomplete and contradictory information from China.”

So, there are NO FACTS that support this. There are only circumstantial, subjective beliefs. The unintentional release is reminiscent of all the other “This is the way it is—establishment facts/narratives” that have been pushed.




Gain of Function.

The list could go on and on of what we were told were facts, only to learn later, were not proven at all. In fact, we discovered in many cases, the opposite of the so-called facts was the truth.

So, in this case, if the opposite of an “unintentional” release was true, that would mean it was released intentionally. And, if the true desire is to sort out the origins of COVID, the intentional release theory must be examined.

And why wouldn’t we look at an intentional release, since everything the system is pushing is the “unintentional” theory? After all, isn’t the scientific method to prove a hypothesis wrong? If so, then why are they not trying to prove the “unintentional” theory right or wrong? It’s merely an assumption they are presenting as fact.

In his video, Dr. John Campbell (who has discussed the problems of the COVID-19 narratives on his YouTube channel) states that he believes the virus was likely to have escaped due to a lab worker selling an infected animal. That would then merge the lab leak theory with the wet market theory. However, is it just a coincidence that the virus was out in the public and surging, as we’ll show later, at the same time the World Military Games and Event 201 were happening?

Let’s take a look at the timeline of what we know.

2017-06 (Genetically Engineered Virus Experiments Begin)

According to the Bulletin, scientists at the Wuhan lab – working on a project under a grant from EcoHealth Alliance – tested genetically engineered coronaviruses for experiments between June 2017 and May 2019. Among the experiments, they joined one virus with the spike proteins of another on “humanized mice” – mice that had human cell receptors. In some cases, these genetically engineered or “chimera” viruses made the mice sicker than the unmodified virus. (Source)

2019-08 (Virus Research Peaks)

According to the Muddy Waters report, sophisticated coronavirus research peaked by August 2019. (Source Page 14, Para 4)

2019-09-18 (Emergency Response Drill in Wuhan for Novel Coronavirus)

According to the U.S. Muddy Waters report:

“Wuhan officials conducted an emergency response drill on September 18, 2019, at its international airport that included identifying and responding to an arriving passenger infected with a novel coronavirus.”

This seems significant. Why would Wuhan officials conduct emergency response drills for a passenger with a novel coronavirus? This, incidentally, occurred exactly one month before the World Military Games kick off on October 18, 2019, in Wuhan, China. The 18th of October is also the same day that the Johns Hopkins novel-coronavirus pandemic exercise called Event 201 began in New York.

2019-10-15 (Vicious Flu Season Noted in Wuhan)

According to the Muddy Waters report, U.S. Embassy personnel stated that

“By mid-October 2019… the U.S. Consulate General in Wuhan knew that the city had been struck by what was thought to be an unusually vicious flu season.”

Eyewitness accounts, media reports, epidemiological modeling, and additional academic studies further support October 28 to November 10 as the window of emergence. Diplomats stationed at the U.S. Consulate General in Wuhan have attested to observations of what they believed at the time to be the early onset of a ‘bad flu season.’ The Deputy Consular Chief recalled:

“By mid-October 2019, the dedicated team at the U.S. Consulate General in Wuhan knew that the city had been struck by what was thought to be an unusually vicious flu season. The disease worsened in November.” These observations were reported to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing during this period. (Source Pg 7 Para. 4)

The important point here is that according to the U.S. Embassy’s Consulate in Wuhan, by mid-October, Wuhan was already in an unusually vicious flu season. That means that before this date, it had been building up to a particularly intense flu season, which doesn’t happen overnight.

It was reported on Page 6, Paragraph 4 of the Muddy Waters report, that an increase in adult Influenza-Like-Illness (ILI) accompanied by negative FLU test results was significantly higher than reported in the previous five years. In other words, there was a flu-like illness running rampant through the population—a flu-like illness that when analyzed, was not the flu.

2019-10-18 (World Military Games Begin in Wuhan)

The World Military Games (think of the Olympics, but for military personnel only) began on October 18, 2019.

The location of the games—Wuhan, China. 110 nations participated, with 9,308 athletes in attendance from the world’s militaries. (Wikipedia)

If you wanted to spread a virus throughout the world, what better way could you find than at a global event hosted by some of the most transient people in the world right before global religious observances? After exposure to COVID at the games, the military athletes would all return to their bases. They’d interact with their fellow military personnel on their home base, then the majority would head home to visit their friends and families for the holidays.

The World Military Games (WMG) ended in Wuhan on October 27, 2019.

What are the odds (just coincidence) that the World Military Games kicked off in Wuhan on the same day as Event 201 (discussed next)? If not coincidental, then of course, the world governments would want a meeting to discuss how to handle the infections that were going to be spread as a result of the ground zero vector of infection at the World Military Games in Wuhan.

Adding credence to the potential of the WMG as the vector for the start of global COVID infections are statements from Mr. Zhao of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). According to ABC News (2020 SOURCE), Mr. Zhao stated that “…the US Army brought the pathogen into Wuhan during its participation in the 2019 Military World Games in October.”

It is worth mentioning that the same 2020 article quotes Mr. Zhao’s spokesman as saying, “I’d like to remind you that the World Health Organization has repeatedly stated that there is no evidence showing the virus was made in a lab.”

While Zhao lied about the virus not coming from a lab, that doesn’t mean his quote about the military games is entirely false. Perhaps the false part is the part about the US coming to spread COVID-19 in China. Instead, the part that seems more likely is that it was spread at the World Military Games. Could blaming the US be a cover story to shift blame from the Chinese?

Then the issue becomes who spread it? More on that later.

2019-10-18 (Event 201 Begins, NYC)

On the same day that the Military Games began in Wuhan, Event 201 began in NYC.

According to Johns Hopkins:

“In October 2019, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security hosted a pandemic tabletop exercise called Event 201 with partners, the World Economic Forum and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Recently, the Center for Health Security has received questions about whether that pandemic exercise predicted the current novel coronavirus outbreak in China. To be clear, the Center for Health Security and partners did not make a prediction during our tabletop exercise. For the scenario, we modeled a fictional coronavirus pandemic, but we explicitly stated that it was not a prediction. Instead, the exercise served to highlight preparedness and response challenges that would likely arise in a very severe pandemic. We are not now predicting that the nCoV-2019 outbreak will kill 65 million people. Although our tabletop exercise included a mock novel coronavirus, the inputs we used for modeling the potential impact of that fictional virus are not similar to nCoV-2019.” (Source)

(Additional Johns Hopkins Source)

Is it just coincidental that Event 201 was held at the very same time the World Military Games were kicking off in Wuhan? If it’s not coincidental, that means that the US government and the World Economic Forum, etc., knew about COVID before it officially happened.

2019-11 (Early Nov. – WIV Researcher Becomes Ill)

In August 2021, a veteran Washington Post policy columnist reported that at least one of the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) researchers became ill in early November 2019 and exhibited symptoms highly specific to COVID-19, including the loss of smell and ground-glass opacities (signs of COVID infection) in his lungs.

Was this being used to show that the virus was from an accidental lab leak? With COVID running through the Wuhan population in early October, this is perhaps more indicative of a person who was exposed in public. After all, the virus was out and running in the Wuhan society since before mid-October.

2019-11 (China Develops COVID Vaccine)

According to the Muddy Waters report (Source Page 47, Para 3) China began work on the vaccine before the world knew about COVID.

“Based on public announcements, vaccine patents, published vaccine-related reports and analysis by this investigation at least two of these vaccine development efforts began no later than November-December 2019, prior to the recognized or announced COVID-19 outbreak.”

The report states “no later than.” In other words, the process was already started prior to November. Governments just don’t flip a switch, and things immediately happen. There are meetings, discussions, and lead-up time before anything happens with big bloated bureaucracies such as the Chinese Communist Party and the US government.

2019-12 (NIH Reports Show COVID Was Already Present in the US)

According to the NIH, COVID-19 was present in the US in December 2019.

From the NIH:

“A new antibody testing study examining samples originally collected through the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program found evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infections in five states earlier than had initially been reported. These findings were published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. The results expand on findings from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study   that suggested SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, was present in the U.S. as far back as December 2019.” (source)

This proves that COVID was already circulating in the US prior to the dates we’ve been shown as part of the official narrative. And it would make sense given the exposure and infection occurring at the World Military Games in October.

2019-12-01 (Mike Czaruk Dies of Flu-like illness)

From a personal observation at the time, I had numerous friends and acquaintances here in the US who became ill with a mysterious flu-like virus in November and December of 2019. There were so many friends seriously ill that, being sensitive to viruses due to three bouts of malaria and witnessing cases of hemorrhagic fever while deployed in Africa, I chose to avoid contact with people at the time.

Tragically, one of those friends—a fellow co-worker from my time while working for North American Rescue’s Education and Training division died of the mysterious flu-like, non-flu. That person was a young, fit, and healthy paramedic Mike Czaruk, who, if memory serves me correctly, recently returned from a brief paramedic job overseas.

At the time, a local Las Vegas news report stated:

Michael Czaruk felt under the weather, but he was still healthy enough to propose to his girlfriend last week. Less than 48 hours later, the 36-year-old Las Vegas man died, possibly from the flu. (SOURCE)

(Additional Obituary Source)

There are other sources out there, and the bottom line is that in late 2019, people were becoming seriously ill with an unknown flu-like illness that was spreading all over America.

2019-12-08 (China’s Official COVID Infection Start Date)

China’s official position is that the COVID-19 outbreak began no earlier than Dec 7, 2019. (Sources: Wall Street Journal and the NIH)

2021-01 (The House Foreign Affairs Committee Releases an Addendum to the Origins of COVID Report)

In January of 2021, the House Foreign Affairs Committee released an addendum to its original report about the Origins of the COVID virus. This addendum highlights the fact that both Chinese and US personnel worked to cover up the research being conducted at the Wuhan lab. In summary:

The addendum outlines evidence that points to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) as the source of the outbreak, and outlines some of the many steps researchers at the WIV along with Peter Daszak of EcoHealth Alliance took to cover up the research being done there. It also breaks down how scientific papers written by researchers at the WIV not only prove the WIV was doing dangerous genetic modification research on coronaviruses at unsafe biosafety levels, but also that WIV researchers had the ability to genetically modify coronaviruses as early as 2016 without leaving any trace of that modification. (source)

Keep in mind that alternative journalists had espoused the lab leak theory as early as February 2020 and were harshly quashed. For example, the popular alternative news website Zero Hedge found themselves banned from Twitter for “publishing a conspiracy theory and doxxing a Chinese scientist.” In fact, the information about the scientist that they shared was his publicly available CV.

2022-08-24 (NIH Terminates Some Funding to EcoHealth)

A Bulletin of Atomic Scientists article titled NIH to terminate part of EcoHealth Alliance grant after its Wuhan partners refuse to deliver information on coronavirus studies was published. (Source)

“Between June 2017 and May 2019, scientists working on EcoHealth’s grant tested genetically engineered coronaviruses with the backbone of one virus and the spike proteins—which bind to host cells—of another on mice that expressed human cell receptors. In one case, the NIH reported last fall,  one of the chimeric viruses caused mice to become “sicker.” EcoHealth reports show that in the infection experiments conducted in years four and five of the grant, chimeric viruses replicated faster in mice lungs and killed a higher percentage of mice than the unmodified virus.”

The NIH is The National Institutes of Health, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If the NIH is able to terminate EcoHealth’s grant, then this shows that EcoHealth was funded, at least in part, by the US government.

2023-01-25 (OIG Audits EcoHealth)

U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General issued a report titled, “The National Institutes of Health and EcoHealth Alliance Did Not Effectively Monitor Awards and Subawards, Resulting in Missed Opportunities to Oversee Research and Other Deficiencies.”

The audit’s 1st paragraph confirms that the US National Institutes of Health did fund EcoHealth Alliance through grants. It shows, in paragraph four, that EcoHealth, sent funding to the Wuhan Institute of Virology. It also shows that EcoHealth directly funded the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s study of coronaviruses.

In effect, the US government, through grants from the NIH, funded the coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

2023-02 (Department of Energy: COVID came from Lab)

The Department of Energy, which has 17 of its own bio-research facilities, believes the COVID-19 came from a lab.

In the DOE’s assessment, COVID originated in a lab. This serves as further confirmation of the findings in the House Foreign Affairs Committee August 2021 addendum to its report on the origins of COVID-19, which concluded that a preponderance of the evidence shows the COVID-19 pandemic was most likely caused by a lab leak at a Wuhan area research institute. (SOURCE)

Dr. John Campbell states that the DOE has “17 biological laboratories, including bio-research labs throughout the U.S.” This is confirmed by this DOE website.

2023-02 (FBI Director Wray States It Was “Most Likely” a Lab Leak)

Adding to the US government admitting the virus came from a lab is the February of 2023 statement by FBI Director Wray. In his statement, FBI Director Christopher Wray confirmed that it was their assessment that the origin of the Covid pandemic was “most likely a potential lab incident” in Wuhan, China. In an interview, Wray told Fox News that many of the details were still classified.

“…the FBI has for quite some time now assessed that the origins of the pandemic are most likely a potential lab incident in Wuhan,” he said.

Wray added that he believes that Beijing has been working to undermine the investigation from the United States and other members of the international community.

“I will just make the observation that the Chinese government, it seems to me, has been doing its best to try to thwart and obfuscate the work here. The work that we’re doing, the work that our U.S. government and close foreign partners are doing. And that’s unfortunate for everybody,” he said.

So, Was This Release Intentional?

It’s a fact that we, the supposed crazy conspiracy theorists, have been proven right time and again throughout the pandemic. Despite being correct over and over again, we’ve been persecuted and censored for being the purveyors of logic and fact. Remember when the book about the virus published by Daisy and written by Cat Ellis was removed and banned from Amazon without notice?

In reality, that makes the people and organizations who pushed the actual false COVID narratives on behalf of the establishment the true conspirators, doesn’t it?

These, the establishment purveyors of misinformation, are the people who actually pushed racist commentary about Chinese people. “Oh, they’re disgusting, and they eat bats.” “Oh, in spite of being highly educated and trained scientists, they run a shoddy lab, they are amateurs, and they sell infected animals.”

So if all their original narratives have been proven false, what does it say about the current narrative?

Unintentional Release

The notion that the release of COVID was unintentional is, as stated before, purely subjective and speculation. Is it possible? Yes. And, for that to be the case, we must assume the Chinese are more slip-shod than intentional and qualified scientists.

If the facts aren’t there (and they’re not) to 100% state that the release of COVID was unintentional, then we must assume that the complete opposite of unintentional is true and that at the very least, the potential for an intentional leak exists. That’s called a hypothesis.

Intentional Release

If we are to assume that the scientists at a US Govt funded, Chinese-run BIOSAFETY Level 4 lab are professional, then we can also assume that an unknown/unreported “unintentional” leak isn’t likely. After all, if the lab was professional, an “unintentional” exposure to COVID would be reported.

Therefore, in the absence of concrete evidence to the contrary, we must examine the potential of an “intentional” lab leak. In that regard, we must ask ourselves the Who, What, Why, When, Where, and How questions of an “intentional” lab leak.

Well, we know the What—COVID-19. We also know the When—late summer or early fall of 2019. We know the Where—Wuhan, China. And we have a pretty good idea of the How—to use the World Military Games as the vector for Ground Zero infection.

That leaves us with the Who and the Why.

The Who

No, not the rock band, and yes, it may likely involve the World Health Organization (WHO).

However, if we break it down into its individual parts, there are three likely candidates.

The first likely candidate is, I believe, the least likely intentional release candidate—rogue actors.

For this, I’m classifying anyone as a rogue actor who did not have direct influence over the goings-on in the Wuhan Institute of Virology. That means other State actors and individuals who had the motive and means to place one or more people (scientists and staff) into the WIV and into a position where they could cause an intentional release of COVID.

The problems I have with that possibility are that it hinges on the fact that the Chinese government (CCP) is one of the most intrusive, authoritarian governments in the world. And the supposition is that someone placed a person willing to unleash a biological weapon onto the world into one of China’s highest level, most (supposedly) secure Level 4 BIOSAFETY (BIOWARFARE) labs. At best, I believe that’s a remote possibility compared to the next two.

Two Possibilities

The next two possibilities hinge on who controlled and influenced the lab. And, when we look at the facts, what do we know about who controlled and influenced the lab?

Well, we know that the Chinese (obviously) ran the lab. However, we also know that the US government, through the EcoHealth Alliance, funded the lab. So what does that mean?

That means that both the Chinese and the US governments alone, or in collaboration with one another, are the WHO. Both had control and influence over the lab. So, if the leak was intentional, then one or both of them is to blame as they had the means, access, and know-how to make an intentional virus (bio-weapon) and unleash it upon the world.

The Why

Next, we need to consider the reasons why the intentional release may have happened. There are several reasons both the Chinese and US governments could have been motivated to release COVID into the world.

A Distraction

First, when it comes to China, the Free Hong Kong movement started in March and escalated through the summer. The movement was gaining worldwide attention and becoming seriously problematic for the CCP. (SOURCES: Wikipedia and Reuters)

For example:

  • by June 9th, more than half a million people were protesting in the streets of Hong Kong.
  • In August (14th), police and protestors clashed at the Hong Kong airport, disrupting flights.
  • In Sept, protestors trap Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, in a stadium.
  • On October 1st, police shoot a protestor, and over the next month, police shoot more protestors.
  • By April, police begin arresting leaders.
  • By May 2020, the protests have been crushed by Beijing.

In short, the release of COVID distracted the world from Hong Kong and gave room for the Chinese to crush the protests, which, if I remember correctly, we’re bleeding over into Mainland China (Need to Find a Source), and we’re gaining the support of the world.

Power, Control, and Money

The next reason, which is applicable both to China and the US, is power, control, and money. The pandemic, as is obvious, allowed both the US government and the CCP to instill censorship (as shown in the Twitter Files and through Stanford’s government-supportedVirality Project,” etc.) and elevate other aspects of authoritarianism.

In turn, that gave power and control to the governments and their establishment ruler: lockdowns, censoring social media apps, removing people from banking, etc.

Financially, (SOURCE)  the pandemic facilitated the largest upward transfer of wealth in human history and further crushed the working/middle class of everyday Americans. It wasn’t mom-and-pop businesses that largely benefited from government handouts. It was the large corporations and companies who grabbed the never-have-to-be-repaid loans.


The final reason both governments would benefit from the pandemic is that both were hampered by President Trump. When it comes to China, Trump was beating them on the world stage and imposing trade policies that benefited the US. President Xi needed Trump gone.

As for the US, the economy was booming. People were happy. While the Left despised Trump, the center and the right were largely on board with his policies, if not him personally. In late 2019, Trump appeared to be on the way to becoming a two-term president. Jobless rates were the lowest in 50 years. Under his administration, the GDP soared from 2.3% TO 33.4%. According to the Census in 2020, median household incomes also increased from $62,898 to $68,703, and households living in poverty decreased from 40.6 million to 34.0 million.

Trump was a thorn in the side of the establishment because he wasn’t controllable. He failed to get us into any additional wars. When he tried to pull us out of Syria, and he openly stated the war in Syria was about oil (source), the establishment attacked him. The establishment couldn’t risk another four years of Trump. So, they needed an insurance policy to get rid of Trump.

Is there any reason other than his bombastic nature that the establishment opposed him early on in the pandemic when he suggested travel restrictions to China? Of course, by the timeline presented above, COVID was already in the US by late 2019—well before the first news of COVID hit the public in January 2020.

Could China, the US, or Both Intentionally Release COVID?

While we know the Chinese government has killed millions of its own people, you may be thinking to yourself, “Surely our own government wouldn’t do something like this.”

One would hope not, but unfortunately, our history tells a different story. We urge you to remember that our own government…

  • Slaughtered Native Americans by the millions. (source)
  • Interned more than 100,000 innocent American citizens of Japanese descent during World War II. (source)
  • Deliberately withheld treatment of hundreds of Black men with syphilis in the name of scientific research. (source)
  • Conducted mind control experiments on its own people. (source)
  • Killed hundreds of thousands of its citizens and millions of foreign citizens in repeated unconstitutional (aka illegal) conflicts.
  • Waco, Ruby Ridge, and so on…

So, can you honestly say that our government is better now than it was during these atrocities? This isn’t to say that they’re necessarily guilty of the current crime against humanity, but that history tells us that it’s not outside the realm of possibility.

While we have our suspicions, at this point, we don’t know for a fact whether the release of the virus that upended the planet was intentional or not. But there’s certainly a long series of coincidences that make us scratch our heads. Even bringing up the possibility that it may have been intentional or that our own government might have had a hand in it is risky business in these days of censorship and de-platforming.

But in a free society, questions have to be asked. If our own government is not accountable to us, the people who put them into office, then are they actually a government of the people, by the people, and for the people? If this was unleashed upon the world by an enemy (for whoever did this truly is an enemy (foreign or domestic), then shouldn’t there be a reckoning for those responsible?

What do you think? Do you believe this virus was an unintentional lab leak or a freak accident? Or do you think that something darker was at play here? And if that’s the case, who do you believe was responsible?

Let’s discuss it in the comments section.

About Brian

Brian Duff is the author of the upcoming book, Mind4Survival: How to Face Any Crisis, Minimize Unwanted Struggle, and Live Your Best Life. He’s also a former paramedic, Army Ranger, and international security expert who runs the Mind4Survival blog and podcast and is a co-host on The Survival Preppers YouTube channel.

About Daisy

Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, adventure-seeking, globe-trotting blogger. She is the founder and publisher of three websites and the best-selling author of 5 traditionally published books, 13 self-published books, and runs a small digital publishing company with PDF guides, printables, and courses at SelfRelianceand Survival.com You can find her on FacebookPinterest, Gab, MeWe, Parler, Instagram, and Twitter.