The early COVID warning the U.S. government failed to hear

In November 2019, six weeks before Beijing deigned to admit the coronavirus outbreak, democracy fighter Wei Jingsheng sounded the alarm about a mysterious new virus he’d first heard about around the time of the World Military Games in Wuhan in October 2019, according to a new book, “What Really Happened in Wuhan.”

Wei, a former Chinese Communist Party insider who spent 18 years in a Chinese gulag for speaking out against the CCP, shared his concerns with intelligence agencies, a US politician with ties to the president and Chinese human-rights activist Dimon Liu.

But his warnings went unheard.

“I felt they [intelligence agencies] were not as heavily concerned as I was so I tried my best to provide more detailed information. They may not believe there is [a] government of a country that would do something like that [cover up a deadly outbreak]. So I kept repeating myself in an effort to try to persuade them,” Wei said.