China has been caught creating a FAKE scientist in an effort to boost resistance to the lab leak theory, and to discredit any future findings by the WHO. The supposed scientist, Wilson Edwards, was purported to be Swiss, but when the Swiss embassy in China looked into him, they found he didn’t exist. The BBC reports:
The Swiss embassy in China has urged Chinese media to take down articles and posts it says contain “false” news.
In a Twitter post, the embassy said an alleged Swiss biologist who had been quoted in Chinese media in recent days likely did not exist.
State media outlets were among those that carried articles with comments from “Wilson Edwards” on the origins of Covid-19 and the WHO’s independence.
Many outlets have since removed any reference to him.
“While we appreciate the attention on our country, the Embassy of Switzerland must unfortunately inform the Chinese public that this news is false,” the Swiss embassy said in a statement posted on Twitter.
Organisations including CGTN, Shanghai Daily and Global Times had cited the so-called biologist based on his Facebook profile.
However, the Swiss embassy said the Facebook account was opened two weeks ago and only had three friends.
“It is likely that this Facebook account was not opened for social networking purposes,” the Swiss embassy added.
The mission said that there was no registry of a Swiss citizen with the name “Wilson Edwards” and no academic articles under the name.
Looking for Wilson Edwards, alleged 🇨🇭 biologist, cited in press and social media in China over the last several days. If you exist, we would like to meet you! But it is more likely that this is a fake news, and we call on the Chinese press and netizens to take down the posts. pic.twitter.com/U6ku5EGibm
— Embassy of Switzerland in Beijing (@SwissEmbChina) August 10, 2021
In one article seen by the BBC before it was altered, “Wilson Edwards” is referred to as a biologist in Switzerland.
The line from the China Daily article reads: “[Wilson Edwards] said on his Facebook account: ‘As a biologist, I’ve witnessed in consternation over the past months how the origin-tracing of Covid-19 was politicized.'”
In the altered version, all reference to Wilson Edwards were removed.
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