Dr. Fauci Emails Released: Masks Virtually Useless, Was Warned Virus ‘Potentially Engineered’

By Al Perrotta Published on June 2, 2021

Emails to and from Dr. Tony Fauci from early in the pandemic paint an astonishing, heartbreaking portrait of the extent to which the American people have been bamboozled.  

Among the revelations tucked in the emails, released to the Washington Post and Buzzfeed News under the Freedom of Information Act:

  • Fauci knew face masks bought in stores were virtually useless in “keeping out” the COVID-19 Virus.
  • Fauci was discussing “gain of function” research abroad. (See below for how much he had a heart for gain-of-function research.)
  • Fauci knew there was a good possibility the COVID virus was “potentially engineered” in a lab. Yet he publicly poo-pooed the idea of a lab origin for the virus, earning a hearty thanks from a scientist heavily invested in the Wuhan lab and brown-nosing China.
  • Fauci thought COVID-19 could be handled by social distancing, and “the epidemic will gradually decline on its own without a vaccine.” 
  • Fauci welcomed Mark Zuckerberg’s offer to use Facebook to craft his COVID messaging, which as we now know involved Facebook censoring stories and evidence discussing not only the lab leak theory but also the wisdom of lockdowns.

More “gems” are being uncovered within the emails, so expect more revelations as the hours and days unfold. (WaPo and Buzzfeed News, in their stories about the emails, both worked to paint Fauci in a positive light.)

You can see for yourself a full collection of emails at this link: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/20793561-leopold-nih-foia-anthony-fauci-emails

Sen. Rand Paul, who has Fauci for months on end over COVID-19, said the emails show Fauci was aware gain-of-function work had started up again in Wuhan, though surprised. Sen. Paul told Tom Roten Morning Show Wednesday, “This is the thing that once people know this, this is explosive — that he knew about the gain of function and he’s trying to cover it up.” 

Earlier Sen. Paul had a much shorter response to the Fauci emails.

The Guy Who Claimed in the Emails He Didn’t Like the Attention He Was Getting Now Has a Book Coming Out

Yep, following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s lucrative, self-aggrandizing example, Tony Fauci has a book coming out. It’s called Expect the Unexpected: Ten Lessons on Truth, Service and the Way Forward.

Nice to know that in the midst of a global pandemic he had time to write a book. Nice that he is, in media critic Joe Concha’s words, “profiting off the pandemic.” In the book, Fauci will reportedly be sharing his “life philosophy.” For example, “Hold onto your top government gig so long you end up getting paid more than the president.” (Okay, so maybe we made that one up. Though in Fauci’s defense, he does put in more hours than Biden.)

According to the publisher, National Geographic, “The earnest reflections in these pages offer a universal message on how to lead in times of crisis and find resilience in the face of disappointments and obstacles.” 

How exactly did he lead? He led us in ever-changing directions and by his personal and political whims. And, he admits, by lying to the public. 

The book is just part of the media blitz. There will be an accompanying documentary on Fauci. If only Fauci had spent more time in the past year trying to get his nose into the Wuhan labs instead of his face on camera …

Expect the Unexpected is scheduled to come out November 2. (However, it appears links to the book on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble have disappeared, as of this writing.) 

Fauci in 2012: Gain-of-Function Research is Worth the Risk of a Pandemic

Fauci also did some writing in 2012. In a paper for mBio, he argued that the information and knowledge gained through gain-of-function research “outweigh” the risk of a pandemic. Gain-of-function involves altering an organism or a disease to increase its development, transmissibility or range of hosts it can affect. In other words, make it more dangerous.

Proponents like Fauci say gain-of-function research gives you a better idea of how to fight dangerous pathogens. Then there’s the whole thrill of playing God thing, but I digress.

Fauci also defended such research in testimony before Congress that year. 


Even though he acknowledged the danger of “another scientist who does not have the same training and facilities and is not subject to the same regulation,” he said the risk is still greater that a dangerous virus would arise out of nature.

How about this scenario, Dr. Fauci? A leading American researcher full of his own hubris signs off on helping fund this dangerous research in a Chinese lab without proper protections that is doing work for the Chinese military. Research banned by the researcher’s own government. A killer virus escapes. But for a year, he dismisses the notion that the virus came out of that lab. He declares China is being transparent about the outbreak. He basks in his new fame and adoration, even worship by the media elite. He even gets his own bobble-head doll.

And three million people die.

Nah. That could never happen.

Virus Leaks “Happen All The Time”

While Fauci went out of his way to downplay the risks of viruses escaping, former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said viruses leaks like the one out of Wuhan Institute of Virology, “happen all the time, actually.” He made the startling admission on Sunday’s Face the Nation, adding, “Even here in the United States, we’ve had mishaps, and in China, the last six known outbreaks of SARS-1 have been out of labs.”

Gottlieb stressed the importance of finding out exactly what happened in Wuhan and getting international focus on improving lab safety. You think?

And wasn’t that what we paid Fauci $417,000 last year to find out right away?


Al Perrotta is the Managing Editor of The Stream and co-author, with John Zmirak, of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration. You can follow him at @StreamingAl on Twitter and Parler, if his Twitter account is restored. You can also follow him @StreamingAl on Gab and MeWe.

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