Former head of Britain’s MI6 has accused China of concealed crucial information about the novel coronavirus outbreak from the rest of the world. John Sawers beliefs China should answer for its deceit.
“There is deep anger in America at what they see as having been inflicted on us all by China and China is evading a good deal of responsibility for the origin of the virus, for failing to deal with it initially,” Sawers told the BBC.
“Intelligence is about acquiring information which has been concealed from you by other states and other actors, there was a brief period in December and January when the Chinese were indeed concealing this from the West.”
On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump said he would halt funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) which he said had promoted China’s “disinformation” about the virus.
In John Sawers opinion, it would be better to hold China responsible rather than the WHO.
The pandemic has killed 145,329 worldwide out of the 2,182,823 confirmed cases.