On Jan. 26, 2020, The Washington Times ran an article by national security correspondent Bill Gertz headlined "Coronavirus may have originated in lab linked to China’s biowarfare program".
Gertz's report quoted former Israeli military intelligence officer Dany Shoham, an expert on biological warfare who had studied China’s germ weapons program, as saying the Wuhan Institute of Virology was known to do military work — a claim that at the time was still being denied by the communist Chinese government. The virus, Shoham said, could have leaked from the institute’s secure lab.
"As of today, every word of my story has been confirmed," Gertz noted in a Feb. 23 analysis.
More than a year after the report (which can be read here), Facebook and its “fact-checker,” USA Today, have acknowledged that Gertz's report was entirely accurate. "Yet — inexplicably — they still label the questions raised in my story about the Wuhan lab as 'partly false, ' ” Gertz noted.