Elon Musk, the new CEO of Twitter, promised to expose the “Fauci Files” within the next few days, marking the next escalation in his assault against infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, whose COVID practices have come under criticism.
“Hope 1 2023 is treating you well!” On New Year’s Day, Musk tweeted, “One thing is certain: it won’t be dull.”
Juanita Broaddrick, a former nursing home administrator who claimed she was raped by Bill Clinton when he was attorney general of Arkansas in 1978, responded to Musk’s tweet by saying, “Waiting….for #FauciFiles.” Musk’s promise to release more dirt followed Broaddrick’s tweet.
Musk said, “Later in the week.”
Since assuming control of Twitter in October 2017, Musk has provided journalists with “The Twitter Files” – a look at how the social media company’s prior management determined which information to restrict on its network.
Musk disclosed last week that former Twitter employees maintained a gushing Slack channel entitled “Fauci Fan Club.”
Some argue that Fauci’s support of so-called “gain-of-function” research may have contributed to the spread of the coronavirus.
Early in December, Musk demanded that Fauci be prosecuted.
Musk responded on Tuesday to a sequence of tweets by venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, who had shared a meme accusing Fauci of lying.
In a series of tweets, Musk linked to a Newsweek piece headed “New Documents Appear to Show Fauci Was ‘Untruthful’ to Congress About Wuhan Lab Research.”
The Newsweek piece linked to a September 2021 article by The Intercept that revealed Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health funded so-called “gain-of-function studies of concern.”
Musk has targeted Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s greatest infectious disease expert.
The NIH has disputed charges that its financing of “gain-of-function” research contributed to the global COVID epidemic.
The US intelligence community was unable to provide conclusive information pointing to the coronavirus’ origin.
Scientists have questioned whether the virus started in bats and then jumped to humans exposed to sick animals in Wuhan, China’s wet markets.
Others have proposed that the virus was created in a Chinese laboratory and then spilled, triggering the global pandemic.
Musk alleged last week that Twitter employees maintained a Slack group titled “Fauci Fan Club.”
The most recent chapter of The Twitter Files, published last week by writer David Zweig, alleged that the site “censored information that was true but embarrassing to U.S. government policy” and “discredited doctors and other experts who disagreed.”
Zweig cites papers in his research titled “How Twitter manipulated the COVID debate” to support his argument that the Biden administration exerted pressure on Twitter to modify or block “anti-vaxxer” accounts.
Musk also referenced a May 2021 article headlined “Fauci Argued Benefits of Gain-of-Function Research Outweighed Pandemic Risk in 2012 Paper” in his Twitter thread.
Musk added in the tweet’s description, “‘Gain-of-function’ is simply another term for ‘bioweapon’ in this context.”
Musk continued, “There are some gems in [the National Review article].”
“It is important to remember that Fauci authored a study in 2012 advocating gain-of-function research! Obama prudently paused this, but Fauci resumed it.”
Fauci is a divisive figure among those on the right, who criticize him for COVID lockout measures, vaccine and mask regulations, and other actions that were viewed as authoritarian.
Musk was an outspoken opponent of lockdown tactics. In the early days of the pandemic, officials in California forced him to close the Tesla factory in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Musk’s decision to transfer Tesla’s headquarters to Austin, Texas — the capital of a Republican-controlled state with permissive pandemic-era rules — is said to have been influenced by the decree.