As soon as monkeypox cases rose across the western hemisphere, conspiracy theories as well controversies took over the internet with some suggesting that the monkeypox virus could have similar controversial backstory like the lab leak theory of Covid-19.
Brownstone Institute, a website that publishes political, scientific and cultural views across the political spectrum, published an article by US-based attorney Michael Senger who questioned how monkeypox is spreading at a faster pace, a year after Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a non-profit organization, created hypothetical scenario for an outbreak of monkeypox which killed millions.
📍BREAKING—The first confirmed case of #monkeypox in the United States this year just confirmed in a Boston individual who recently travelled to Canada, officials said, as concern rises over the spread of the infectious virus in multiple countries, now US.https://t.co/W0OXFYemYT pic.twitter.com/jwJgbJ8G8q
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) May 18, 2022
Senger’s article raises questions but fails to answer them. In his piece he leaves much to the reader’s imagination and quotes other researchers, journalists and other experts who have questioned the sudden virulence of the monkeypox disease which did not affect many outside western Africa – where it was first detected in the 1950s.
Now I'm being called a conspiracy theorist because I happened to notice that last year Gates funded a tabletop game in which a Monkeypox virus pandemic begins May 15, 2022. It's "conspiracy theory" to notice what institutions post on their own pages?
— Jeffrey A Tucker (@jeffreyatucker) May 22, 2022
What is striking is that the date predicted by the NTI was mid-May 2022. The NTI was conducting a ‘fictional exercise scenario’ where ‘a deadly, global pandemic involving an unusual strain of monkeypox virus’ starts spreading from the fictional nation Brinia and over 18 months it causes three billion cases and 270 million fatalities worldwide.
The Brownstone Institute website is indistinguishable from an Alex Jones fan’s Tumblr with the exception that people who should know better are using their credentials to disseminate the conspiracies
— Ryan Marino MD (@RyanMarino) May 23, 2022
However, the NTI in its simulation also placed the cause of the spread on a ‘terrorist attack using a pathogen engineered in a laboratory’ – the evidence for which is yet to be found.
The NTI simulation has also led to speculations in China that the US deliberately leaked the virus. Speculations that the US engaged in bioterrorism is rife all over China’s Twitter-like Weibo.
Though there is less evidence to support that fact, Senger in his article refers to the Event 201, a simulation of a coronavirus pandemic, which was undertaken in October 2019, two months before the first cases were reported.
It is still unclear if like Covid and the lab leak theory surrounding it (where the coincidences are turning out to be too coincidental), monkeypox also will in future be surrounded by this cloak of mystery. Still then, monkeypox poses a grave threat to healthcare systems across the world as they are still reeling from the effects of Covid-19.
For example, did you know that a 1978 US government report detailed the risk of a catastropic eruption from Mount Saint Helens? That's two years before it blew its top and killed 57 people.
No. It looked like it was about to FUCKING BLOW UP. pic.twitter.com/3geJ1Bb0cx
— Carl T. Bergstrom (@CT_Bergstrom) May 23, 2022
University of Washington professor Carl T. Bergstrom shot back at the report with a tweet where he cited a report where the US government made some predictions regarding the volcanic eruption of Mt. St. Helens and brushed assumptions made by Brownstone Institute.