It didn’t take long for the scientific debate on the origins of SARS-CoV-2 to become a public defamation of leak proponents. With arguments divided into proponents of a laboratory leak and of a zoonotic spillover, scientists have been battling openly with scientific arguments and, very often, with personal attacks. The proponents of the leak attacked the counterpart with statements of collusion with chinese bodies. Mostly real arguments demonstrated by obvious business ties, not least the possibility of hidden economic interests. Consequently, the proponents of the zoonotic theory used ad personam attacks. However, they based their motivations on partially or totally false elements.
An attempt to suppress?
Zoonotic theorists are probably attacking exponents of the leak with the intent to make their scientific works less incisive. Indeed, this is the case of direct attacks of the virologist Angela Rasmussen against Yuri Deigin and Rossana segreto. Deigin and Segreto are DRASTIC members and authors of two revised studies supporting the laboratory leak theory. The attacks became extremely serious and flowed out a widespread debate in the online Twitter community. They started as an accusation of promote a conspiracy theory, but degenerated soon in personal attacks. For example:
Scientist Yuri Deigin published an article in which asks a public apology from the renowned virologist Rasmussen. We hope this can stop public defamation of leak proponents in order to make the debate focus again on what really interests us all: discovering the origins of SARS-CoV-2.