1/5 This @nytimes article by @paulmozur is a smoking gun on the genesis of the coronavirus lockdowns.

According to the article, the CCP launched a massive social media campaign in ITALY to advertise its coronavirus lockdown measures in early March.

nytimes.com/2020/06/08/tec…
2/5 The fact that CCP’s disinformation campaign focused on Italy is crucial. Italy was the first country outside China to lock down. The rest of the world followed Italy’s lead.

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_…
3/5 But CCP's campaign wasn't limited to Italy. The article states that this Tweet advertising China's lockdown policy to the world is fake. It has 142,000 likes.

Tweets like this prove CCP was actively selling the world on Wuhan-style lockdowns in early March. Image
4/5 Next, if you search for the URL of that fake Tweet (https: //twitter.com/manisha_kataki/status/1238007207700180992), you'll find it retweeted by many accts around the world.

Each acct is suspicious—they Tweet incessantly about COVID until Floyd's death, then solely BLM.
5/5 The sheer scale of this operation and the number of accounts involved, and its influence around the world, is really remarkable.

Thousands of accounts tweeting incessantly about COVID hysteria, then pivoting to incessant BLM and anti-police propaganda, in every country.
6/5 The day after @paulmozur's NYT article was published, @Twitter suspended over 170,000 fake Chinese accounts.

But none of the fake accounts involved in the ring described above were suspended. This problem is much larger than Twitter acknowledges.
nytimes.com/2020/06/11/tec…
7/5 More than 50 NIH scientists fired due to China ties. Hundreds more under investigation.

By co-opting scientists and academics while aggressively promoting lockdowns through social media propaganda, China made lockdown pseudoscience seem sound.
sciencemag.org/news/2020/06/f…
8/5 Though CCP's influence operations in media, politics, and academia were surreptitious, its stance in support of global adoption of COVID lockdowns was explicit. Here is China's foreign spokesperson promoting strict social distancing among children:

9/5 In speech this morning at @HudsonInstitute, @FBI director Chris Wray says CCP specifically approached local politicians to endorse its COVID lockdowns.

https://t.co/NSAJdhqF6W
10/5 "in fact, we have heard from federal, state, and even local officials that Chinese diplomats are aggressively urging support for China’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis. Yes, this is happening at both the federal and state levels."

fbi.gov/news/speeches/…
11/5 This collage is a tiny sample of the fake accounts CCP used to popularize COVID lockdowns.

In these Tweets, CCP sends its regards to the world by denigrating every other government in the world, using many dialects, and contrasting them with its authoritarian "success." Image
12/5 These Tweets were easily identified using leads in
@paulmozur's NYT article. nytimes.com/2020/06/08/tec…

Here, hundreds of fake accounts whine about "washing their hands" while China locks down. Nearly identical Tweets are made in many languages.

fake Spanish Tweets— Image
13/5 Twitter responded the following day by saying they'd removed the 170,000 accounts in this campaign. nytimes.com/2020/06/11/tec…

But Twitter lied. These fake CCP accounts, and presumably hundreds of thousands of others, are still doing CCP's bidding.

fake French Tweets— Image
14/5 In cooperation with FBI, National Science Foundation reports between 14-18 cases of undisclosed China financial ties.

This is in addition to the 175 cases of undisclosed China financial ties earlier reported by the NIH, a much larger organization.

nature.com/articles/d4158…
15/5 “Sweden—partly due to its own COVID-19 response—has been a prime target of a Chinese campaign portraying Western democracies as weak against the threat. Sweden is one of few countries that ordered no lockdown and put its faith in herd immunity.”

asia.nikkei.com/Politics/Inter…
16/5 The fall that shut down the world.

This video of a Wuhan man “falling dead” from COVID went viral in January. Farcical, in hindsight.

dailymail.co.uk/video/china/vi…
17/ In CCP interview, Editor-in-Chief of Lancet praises CCP’s lockdowns:

"not only the right thing to do, but it also showed other countries how they should respond in the face of such an acute threat. So, I think we have a great deal to thank China for"
globaltimes.cn/content/118726…
18/ @WHO was instrumental in pushing world leaders to adopt China's lockdowns and insisting lockdowns not be lifted until strict tracing criteria were met.

Bruce Aylward is the same WHO leader who disconnected a live interview when asked about Taiwan.
newseu.cgtn.com/news/2020-02-2…
19/ South Dakota Governor @govkristinoem famously refused to issue a state lockdown.

Her decision didn't sit well with Beijing. CCP's army of fake accounts began filling her Twitter feed with abuse to punish her disobedience and pressure her to shut down her state. Image
20/ By contrast, the accounts heap praise on governors who tighten lockdowns, like Dan Andrews, gov of Victoria, AUS.

Andrews' long-time staffer attended a high-level CCP academy. An MP leading Andrews' Belt & Road negotiations with Beijing lauded China's handling of COVID. Image
21/ @BorisJohnson initially opted for herd immunity. But on Mar 13, four days after Italy's lockdown, CCP began storming his feed, likening his plan to genocide. These words almost never appear in his feed before Mar 12.

Tragically, the abuse worked, and UK locked down Mar 23. Image
22/ The bold-faced lie of lockdowns is "China controlled the virus." It's an obvious lie—China's data is manifestly forged. But CCP normalizes this Orwellian lie by demanding every elite publication and journal repeat it, transforming the snake oil of lockdowns into "science." Image
23/ Physicist Yaneer Bar-Yam has spent months uncritically cheerleading China's lockdowns—including CCP's genocidal lockdown in Xinjiang—and promoting China's obviously-fraudulent data.

In February, Bar-Yam launched a website recommending strict lockdowns in 18 languages. Image
24/ Hard to think of any place more ill-suited to a total lockdown than Africa, but that's exactly what CCP's fake accounts demanded of South African President @CyrilRamaphosa on March 22. The next day, they got what they wanted, and Ramaphosa announced a total lockdown. Image
25/ India is a key rival of China, so CCP disinformation there is especially nasty.

On March 23, CCP's army of fake accounts implored PM @PMOIndia to lock down India and order the army to "shoot on sight" to enforce it. The next day, Modi announced a destructive lockdown. Image
26/ On Dec 30, Li Wenliang warned friends of a new SARS-like illness in a message that went viral, causing widespread anger at CCP in China.

On Jan 7, Xi informed his innermost circle that the situation in Wuhan would require their personal supervision.
ft.com/content/3da732…
27/ Two weeks later, the CCP locked down Wuhan based on Xi's philosophy of 'fangkong,' the same hybrid of health and security policy that inspired the mass 'quarantine' of over one million Uyghurs 'infected with extremism' in reeducation camps.
foreignaffairs.com/articles/china…
28/ International COVID hysteria began two days later with a viral tweet by Eric Ding calling the coronavirus R0 'thermonuclear,' the first of many dubious tweets by the previously-unknown Ding, prompting a prominent colleague to call him a 'charlatan.'
chronicle.com/article/this-h…
29/ The Politburo co-opted Li Wenliang’s fame for their own ends, declaring him a national martyr and ensuring the haunting image of Li on a ventilator—which are now known to be counterproductive—was carried by every major news outlet and seared into the world's memory. Image
30/ It seems CCP didn't need to buy Bill Gates. In Gates' words:

"China, on the other hand, 'did a very good job of suppressing the virus,' thanks, in part, to the 'typical, fairly authoritarian' approach and the 'individual rights that were violated.'"
marketwatch.com/story/bill-gat…
31/ The Wuhan Lab and CCP's fake "whistleblowers" hyping a "man-made super-virus" have been key psychological decoys, distracting hawkish intelligence officials and filling them with the same irrational fear that popularizes CCP's indefinite lockdowns.
jordanschachtel.substack.com/p/covid-19-whi…
32/ In its Feb 24 press conference, @WHO summarily concluded China's lockdowns "save lives" and thus began selling them to every other country, regardless of how many cases those countries had—but most Chinese cities outside Hubei stayed open.
aier.org/article/whats-…
33/ On March 15, bots began wildly sharing a YouTube video they called a "message from the future" showing Italians with "a message to themselves from 10 days prior" gaining 8,300,000 views.

It said, "the US, England, France, Spain and Germany are about 9-10 days behind Italy" Image
34/ In his viral March 10 article, Tomas Pueyo predicted:
"in 2–4 weeks, when the ENTIRE WORLD is in lockdown…"

Yet by Mar 10, the developing world had almost no cases, and @WHO hadn't declared a pandemic. But 4 weeks later, Pueyo proved "clairvoyant"—entire world in lockdown. ImageImageImageImage
35/ Chinese business leader Ren Zhiqiang was sentenced to 18 years in prison over an essay in which he demanded the truth about Xi's lockdown orders.

"Why haven’t the January 7 [Wuhan lockdown] instructions been made public, not yet even today?!"
chinadigitaltimes.net/2020/03/transl… Image
36/ The largest gift in the history of Harvard’s Chan School of Public Health came from a “pawn of the CCP” “cheerleader for a government responsible for significant humanitarian crises” through shell companies—the largest was named in the Panama Papers.
thecrimson.com/column/for-sal… Image
37/ In 2015, Xi personally visited Imperial College—the most influential and alarmist COVID modeler and "China's best academic partner"—for "new UK-China education and research collaborations" including "nanotechnology, bioengineering…and public health."
imperial.ac.uk/news/168497/ch…
38/ Four weeks before visiting Imperial, Xi personally visited Microsoft in Seattle for a "new partnership between the University of Washington [home of IHME, second-most-influential COVID modeler] and Tsinghua University… a new model for collaboration"
washington.edu/news/2015/09/2… Image

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22 Nov
BIG: the WEF sponsors a global youth group (*cough, Hitler youth*) of 10,000 Global Shapers. (This group considers Taiwan a province of Greater China.)

The WEF has tasked Global Shapers with helping cities in "adapting to a new normal" and learning from "our friends" in China.
Readers may be familiar with the work of one particular WEF Global Shaper: Eric Feigl-Ding.
Klaus Schwab, head of WEF, has close China ties. His son, Olivier Schwab, has headed WEF's Beijing office since 2011.

In 2017, Xi PERSONALLY visited the WEF, and per Schwab: "the international community is looking to China to continue its responsive and responsible leadership"
Read 4 tweets
17 Nov
1/ @WHO published current COVID testing guidance on March 19.
apps.who.int/iris/bitstream…

Only two sources in WHO's guidance discuss PCR Cycle Thresholds, both are from China and use CT from 37 to 40.

37 to 40 is now standard driving the case-demic, per NYT:
nytimes.com/2020/08/29/hea…
2/ First source cited in @WHO's COVID testing guidance:
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/P…

Second source cited in @WHO's testing guidance (PCR cycle thresholds in appendices):
nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NE…
3/ So that's the banal story of how the excessive 37 to 40 cycle thresholds became global standard for COVID PCR testing, driving the case-demic. China's numbers 37 to 40 were simply the only ones included in @WHO's global testing recommendations.
nytimes.com/2020/08/29/hea…
Read 4 tweets
10 Nov
1/ Tom Frieden is another prominent advocate of COVID lockdowns with strong, long-time ties to China, who has spent most of 2020 praising China's lockdowns while disparaging the United States.
2/ Frieden is also a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, one of America's most elite and well-funded foreign-policy think tanks, notorious for long advocating friendly relations with China.
3/ For example, a quick review of top donors to the Council on Foreign Relations shows a nexus with the board of Tsinghua University, Xi Jinping's alma mater.


Overlap: Paulson, Dimon, Greenberg, Schwarzman, Fink, Muhtar Kent, etc.
cfr.org/sites/default/…
Read 4 tweets
4 Nov
1/ THREAD – THE WORLD ACCORDING TO XI

“The most benign possible explanation for the CCP’s campaign for global lockdowns is that the party aggressively promoted the same lie internationally as domestically”

I don’t believe that explanation.
tabletmag.com/sections/news/…
2/ I doubt the CCP really knew how well its lockdown psyop would work, but everything about its response suggests the lockdowns were part of a larger plan. This was Xi’s plan to make the world China, and what the world would look like if he had his way.
3/ Intellectuals forewarned of tyrants using disease:
"if crime and disease are to be regarded as the same thing, it follows that any state of mind which our masters choose to call ‘disease’ can be treated as crime; and compulsorily cured" - CS Lewis 1948
classic.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/Re…
Read 49 tweets
2 Nov
1/ Thread – “The Hammer and Dance”

On March 18, the German government circulated a CONFIDENTIAL strategy paper referring to the strategy of strict social distancing as the “Hammer and Dance.” The paper was later leaked to a whistleblower website.
abgeordnetenwatch.de/blog/informati…
2/ Anti-lockdown activists likely recall the term “Hammer and Dance” from CCP shill Tomas Pueyo’s viral March 19 article, which appeared one day AFTER Germany’s CONFIDENTIAL strategy paper was circulated on March 18.
3/ The term “Hammer and Dance” or “Hammer and the Dance” was never used before March 19.
trends.google.com/trends/explore…

trends.google.com/trends/explore…

Neither “Hammer and Dance” nor “Hammer and the Dance” appear on Twitter in the disease context before March 19.
twitter.com/search?q=(%22h…
Read 7 tweets
31 Oct
THREAD
1/ This is the question that keeps me up at night. The total failure of the intelligence community to connect China with lockdowns is the most devastating part of this story. I can only speculate as to several explanations, roughly in order of least-to-most concerning:
1. They just don’t know.

Immersed in our anti-lockdown community, it’s easy to forget how niche we are. Intel officials have expressed great interest in my work—it’s meant in part as a tip for them. So intelligence agencies may just not know yet.
2. The cleverness of the lab as decoy.

The CCP has deliberately funded rumors that COVID is a super-brain-eating-bio-weapon, mostly to discredit intelligence officials. Based on my interactions with intelligence folks, this decoy has been very effective.
Read 12 tweets

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