We have seen this before, so many times.
Wray, while no great over of Trump was appointed to the FBI in the wake of the James Comey firestorm. He is still a partisan Republican, and an ally to the modern conservative movement.
Big surprise then that when Rupert Murdoch is eyeballs deep in his own troubles that Wray is happy to show up on the WSJ and recycle his previous statements on the lab leak theory that only his department seems to find enough support for to claim more than low confidence. He provided no new evidence of course, just the same arm waving we have seen from him.
Maybe people outside the conservative world are having a harder time connecting the dots, but this is just another smokescreen to deflect attention from the implosion of the toxic and parasitic relationship the modern conservatives in government, the groups like the Federalist and John Birch Society, and the conservative news media. Like so many other cases of conservative making inflammatory claims, He offered no new evidence to support his offices claims, and no other part of government, the private sector, or academia have come to the same conclusion.
Based on the evidence, a lab leak is possible, but that just means it joins all of the other plausible scenarios. There is no evidentiary reason to think that either the Wuhan Virology Lab or wet market was the sole start of this outbreak, though it certainly passed through both of them during the pandemic. It is likely the primary source could have been either an animal in another area that infected a person that then carried the infection to Wuhan, or an infected animal brought to the city. Due to the time passed, interference with outside and inside investigators by the Chinese government, and the wake of the pandemic, we are unlikely to find definitive answers for anything farther back. But we would expect researchers at the Wuhan Virology lab to be at the center of the response as the outbreak unfolded to to their expertise, and the animal market was a hub for trafficking wildlife, so those paths cross over so often that without unlikely definitive evidence declaring one or the other as the source is literally guesswork.
Wray of course said none of THAT. He provided no solid basis for his agencies position rooted in actual evidence. And he talked up the fox news position without fully committing to it:
"Here you are talking about a potential leak from a Chinese government-controlled lab that killed millions of Americans"
"I will just make the observation that the Chinese government, it seems to me, has been doing its best to try to thwart and obfuscate the work here"
Which of course they are because they don't want to risk the rest of the world blaming them, and it's not like we haven't done it before. Where were Rumsfelds' WMDs again? And their own people would tear them apart. So even if they didn't intentionally or accidentaly cause this they are going to clamp down on it. And that lab isn't even fully Chinese controlled, as there was and is an international team of researchers there specializing in bat coronavirus research. Probably a good thing too as their research helped provide the fast roadmap to a working vaccine.
Instead presented it as a free hit t-up for Murdoch's spin-doctor team to knock it over the fence and score points with the conspiracy theorists.
And the "it's classified" crap is also deflated, as the other TLAs that deal with overseas classified data have all weighed in with the same assessment. If the FBI had classified information that a credible threat of a potential biological weapon incident and didn't share it with the agencies whose primary remit is foreign classified intelligence he needs to be immediately fired. If they did properly share whatever evidence they have, and the other agencies shot down, why is he doing a press tour for Rupert Murdoc's media empire? Wray is acting like a stooge. Sounds like we should start looking for a new FBI head either way.
That's setting aside the fact that hiding credible evidence of culpability of the Chinese government in a global pandemic killing millions worldwide would be one of the cruelest and most cynical coverups in history.