Emails show FBI was looking into Wuhan virus lab at outset of pandemic

Bureau was investigating "grant questions" surrounding funding of dangerous experiments at lab.
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The Wuhan Institute of Virology
The Wuhan Institute of Virology
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Newly revealed emails show that at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched an inquiry into the Wuhan virus lab at the center of years of speculation regarding the virus' origins.

The emails, obtained by government watchdog Judicial Watch and reported on by the Epoch Times, refer to "Grant Questions" and an "FBI Inquiry" regarding U.S. taxpayer money funneled to the Wuhan Institute of Virology prior to the pandemic. 

The majority of pages in the email chain are redacted, leaving the contents of the inquiry uncertain. 

The WIV has been at the center of longstanding speculation regarding its possible role in launching the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Dangerous "gain-of-function"-style experiments were known to take place there, with researchers reportedly altering and amplifying certain types of coronaviruses to assess their potential risk for infecting human beings. 

The lab has come under criticism for its reportedly lax biosecurity protocols.