“I think this is significant because it clearly shows that Chinese scientists were thinking about military application for different strains of the coronavirus
and thinking about how it could be deployed,” said Jennings.
“It begins to firm up the possibility that what we have here is the accidental release of a pathogen for military use,” added Mr Jennings.
According to the article published on news.com.au, among the 18 listed authors of the document are People’s Liberation Army scientists and weapons experts.
Robert Potter, a cyber security specialist who analyses leaked Chinese government documents was asked by The Australian to verify the paper. He says the document definitely isn’t fake. “We reached a high confidence conclusion that it was genuine … It’s not fake but it’s up to someone else to interpret how serious it is,” Potter told news.com.au.
“It emerged in the last few years … they (China) will almost certainly try to remove it now it’s been covered.”
Potter says it isn’t unusual to see Chinese research papers discussing areas that they’re behind on and need to make progress in and that doesn’t necessarily equate to action being taken, the article stated.
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