Wuhan Institute and Fauci-Funded U.S. Labs Agreed to Destroy Documents

A newly published document reveals an agreement between the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and a U.S. lab funded by Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases that authorizes the destruction of “secret files, materials, and equipment.”

The agreement was obtained by the advocacy group U.S. Right to Know (USRTK). It was entered in 2017 between the WIV and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB).

The contract provides that both parties must treat all shared “data, details, and materials” as confidential. It also states that each party to the agreement has the power to require the other to destroy the shared and confidential material “without any backups.”

The contract adds that the “confidentiality obligation” continues after the initial agreement terminates at the end of its five-year term in 2022. The parties are authorized in the contract to extend its term with joint written consent.

Prominent whistleblower attorney Reuben Guttman told USRTK that the clause is “quite frankly explosive.” He said that anytime one sees a public entity agreeing to destroy plausibly public records it is “very concerning.”

Guttman said that because UTMB is part of a public university and receives federal funding, it is subject to the laws that safeguard public materials and “federal and state taxpayer dollars.” Those laws include the federal False Claims Act and the Texas Public Information Act.

UTMB spokesperson Christopher Smith told USRTK that the Texas lab was created by the U.S. National Institutes of Health to “combat global health threats.” He acknowledged that UTMB is obligated to comply with “public information law obligations” including preserving research documents.

Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas executive director Kelley Shannon told USRTK that only the Texas Attorney General can exempt public records from disclosure. Guttman added that a state agency cannot just “willy-nilly say when the Chinese can tell us to destroy a document.”

WIV and UTMB publicly announced their agreement to cooperate on research involving dangerous pathogens back in 2018. However, they did not disclose the terms of the agreement requiring compliance with demands to destroy documents.

USRTK only acquired the written agreement through the Texas Public Information Act as it was investigating taxpayer-funded viral research in Texas and the risks involved.