The story, released on Wednesday, claimed the National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI) reported in November that a possible “cataclysmic event” was in the making in China’s Wuhan city. The NCMI – part of the Pentagon’s intelligence apparatus – gave a warning to the US government, but it failed to act early to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic in the country or to prepare for mitigating the damage, the narrative went.
ABC’s Bombshell BS
After initial confusion, the agency, which is part of Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), responded to the report by issuing a statement casting doubt on the very existence of the document described by ABC sources. The story about a “coronavirus-related product/assessment in November of 2019 is not correct. No such NCMI product exists,” said its director, Col. R. Shane Day.
JUST IN: Director of DIA’s National Center for Medical Intelligence issues rare, unrequested statement regarding COVID. pic.twitter.com/tCw0GRchJ6
— W.J. Hennigan (@wjhenn) April 9, 2020
President Donald Trump, whose response to the epidemic has been relentlessly criticized by his political opponents, shot some verbal barbs at the news channel. “They knew they were wrong when they went with this Hoax of a story!” he tweeted.
Thank you Frank. It’s ABC Fake News. They knew they were wrong when they went with this Hoax of a story! https://t.co/FHkRaW3BTi
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 10, 2020