The Nature op-ed of March 17, 2020 was an even more forceful message to scientists the world over: Investigate lab leak and you will be tarred as a crackpot.
'any type of laboratory-based scenario is NOT plausible'
The op-ed also seeded the pangolin hoax.
Who were the authors?
The main author is Kristian Andersen, the guy who just deleted all his tweets. On Jan 31, 2020 Andersen told Fauci that the virus had engineered looking features. The next day, they had their secret, emergency teleconference. After the teleconference, Anderson changed his tune.
The Nature op-ed had a huge impact in shaping the media's narrative and was used by Fauci himself to dismiss any suggestion of a lab leak. A few months later, Andersen got a huge grant from Fauci.
Next up is Andrew Rambaut. He's a British biologist. Crucially, he was on Fauci's secret Feb 1, 2020 teleconference where they discussed "desired outcomes".
Then we have Eddie Holmes, a dual British and Australian citizen and virologist. Eddie too was on Fauci's secret teleconference.
Aside from joining the Andersen op-ed, Eddie also felt the need to issue his own statement pushing back against alleged "unfounded speculation".
Then we have Robert Garry, referred to in the Fauci emails as Bob. Bob is a professor at the Tulane University. And you guessed it, Bob too was invited to Fauci's secret teleconference.
Bob was the source for this ABC propaganda piece.
Lastly, there is Ian Lipkin. Ian is at Columbia University. He is the only one who was not on Fauci's secret teleconference. And guess what? He's also the only one who has now changed his mind.
4 out of 5 pangolin op-ed writers were on Fauci's secret teleconference. The one who was not on the call has now recanted.
It is also noteworthy that none of the 5 op-ed writers joined Daszak's Lancet letter. This backs up other FOIA evidence that this was all coordinated.