British spies are now looking to recruit dark web sources as they begin to investigate the possible leak of the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), which has been in the center of attention since Covid-19 hit the world.
According to a report by Sunday Times, sources said that while British intelligence services were initially skeptical of the theory that the Covid-19 virus may have escaped the Wuhan lab, they now believe there is a reasonable possibility.
Last week, United States President Joe Biden ordered his US intelligence agencies to investigate the theory of laboratory leaks, as well as other possible sources of SARS-CoV-2 and asked a report within 90 days.
However, British intelligence agencies are also working alongside the United States to find the truth.
But according to the report, intelligence agents have a limited human source of information in China and the lack of transparency in the country makes investigation more difficult.
Western intelligence sources have explained the level of difficulty due to Chinese secrecy.
A source close to the UK investigation told the outlet: “There could be pockets of evidence that lead us one way and evidence that leads us in another.”
“The Chinese will lie anyway. I don’t think we’ll ever know, ”the source added.
To collect enough data, intelligence agents are now trying to recruit resources on the dark web, where Chinese employees can share details anonymously.
Why the dark web
The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) closely monitors and controls Internet content in the country.
Over the years, authorities have blocked many VPNs that citizens have used to bypass the “Great Firewall,” an initiative run by the Chinese government’s Department of Public Security division to regulate the Internet nationwide.
Launched in 1998, the Great Firewall is continually improving restriction techniques with several methods to prevent the free sharing of information across the country.
When the coronavirus first spread in China, many Chinese turned to GitHub, the world’s largest open source software site, for information related to Covid-19.
In 2020, according to reports, a group of Chinese volunteers who worked to prevent digital recordings of the coronavirus outbreak from being deleted from GitHub by censorship, became the target of a crackdown and some of them. were arrested by the police.
Such secrecy not only helps the CCP to hide crucial information from the West but also from its own citizens.
But when it comes to the darknet or the deep web, it’s a space where people can speak freely without fear of repercussions, including those living behind China’s Great Firewall.
One of the administrators of this forum called “Chinese dark web“wrote:” It’s a free Chinese internet world, here you can say whatever you think. “
In 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) team of experts failed to find a conclusive answer on the origin of Covid-19, even after investigating in China and more specifically in Wuhan .
As a result, many people are calling for a more stringent investigation as they understood that the WHO investigation was compromised by Chinese authorities, limiting access to critical data.
Pierre Hotez, professor of pediatrics and molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor University and leading expert on Covid-19 said on May 30: “There is going to be Covid-26 and Covid-32 unless we fully understand the origins of Covid-19. “
So the idea of using the darknet, which is generally known as the haunt of cybercriminals, by intelligence agencies could help uncover the truth behind the Covid-19 pandemic.