“The Wuhan Institute of Virology has the right to ask a partnering lab in the U.S. to destroy all records of their work, according to a legal document obtained by U.S. Right to Know.
A memorandum of understanding between the Wuhan lab and the Galveston National Laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch states that each lab can ask the other to return or 'destroy' any so-called 'secret files' — any communications, documents, data or equipment resulting from their collaboration — and ask that they wipe any copies.
'The party is entitled to ask the other to destroy and/or return the secret files, materials and equipment without any backups,' it states.
This right is retained even after the agreement’s five year term ends in October 2022. All documents are eligible for destruction under the agreement’s broad language.”