(PatriotWise.com) – According to Anthony Fauci’s deposition in a federal-Big Tech censorship lawsuit brought by the attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana, his fear of upsetting China overshadowed his ability to evaluate the evidence early in the COVID-19 pandemic objectively.
Fauci also downplayed his scientific knowledge while stumbling to defend his positions on the effectiveness of masks and hydroxychloroquine.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director, retiring after 38 years in the position, gave Missouri Solicitor General John Sauer 174 “I don’t recall” responses, frequently citing his hectic schedule and the countless emails he receives each day.
His deposition is a part of the flood of communications and ideas about federal efforts to influence Twitter, Facebook, and other tech platforms’ content moderation choices concerning COVID and in the run-up to the 2020 election that has been made public over the past month.
FBI cyber agent Elvis Chan calculated that a vast Justice Department operation persuaded platforms to remove alleged misinformation about half the time in his deposition.
He is also the second federal official confirmed to have communicated with platforms about content moderation through unofficial channels. Before the 2020 election, Chan claimed that he used the secure messaging app Signal.
Federal record keeping regulations call for preserving messages sent through Signal, a “self-deleting app,” which deletes them after they are read. FBI headquarters instructed Chan’s San Francisco field office to take “screenshots” of its Signal messages to platforms, which were then “burned… to DVDs,” Chan said.
It was previously revealed through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the CDC that Twitter permitted an official to use a personal account rather than an agency account to submit reports of misinformation to its “Partner Support Portal.” The director of the media branch, Carol Crawford, was named as that official in a recent un-redacted production that America First Legal obtained.
Sauer asked Fauci to respond to an email Jeremy Farrar, director of the science charity Wellcome Trust, had sent regarding rumors that COVID may have leaked from a Chinese lab.
Fauci stated they were both concerned that people would “blame the Chinese,” which would “only increase tensions and reduce cooperation, which is necessary to continue to pursue what actually occurred.”
He referred to these online discussions as “wild speculations” because they, at the time, lacked supporting data, echoing what other scientists were privately telling Fauci.
Fauci says he read early versions of a paper that attempted to refute the lab-leak theory. The researchers sent him and Francis Collins, the director of the NIH, each updated version before it was published in Nature Medicine. F
Fauci said it was inaccurate to assert “this clearly is something that was made by the Chinese” because there is no evidence to support that claim, even though he dissociated himself from Collins’ April 14, 2020 email labeling the lab-leak theory a “very destructive conspiracy” that NIH should “help us put down.”
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