Currently an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Villanova University, Seligsohn was formerly in charge of science and health issues at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing throughout the SARS epidemic in the early 2000s.
Since her job in the U.S. State Department, Seligsohn has lectured and participated in multiple fellowships at institutions led by the Chinese Communist Party. She addressed the Central Party School of the Chinese Communist Party – the “exclusive training ground for the elite apparatchiks groomed to govern China” – in December of 2011. Additionally, she spoke at the regime-sponsored Shanghai World Expo in 2010.
Seligsohn also served as a research fellow at the state-run Nanjing University before leveraging her credentials to contribute to a host of mainstream media outlets including NPR, Foreign Policy, Associated Press, and more.
In a Foreign Policy op-ed titled “Demands for a Lab Leak Investigation Are a Dangerous Distraction,” Seligsohn posits there “is no actual evidence for the lab leak allegation” despite the theory counting support from scientists and government officials including former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Chief Dr. Robert Redfield and former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe. Seligsohn’s op-ed was then utilized by Chinese state-run media outlet China Global Television Network (CGTN), amplifying her words in its article “Expert: Demands For Lab Leak Investigation Are Dangerous Distraction.”
Also widely cited by major Western media outlets such as the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, is an August report by the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on COVID-19 origins which has now been proved to be full of mistakes. However, the report's errors have already been incorrectly used as evidence for a so-called lab leak accident in China's Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in 2019..
The 84-page report, titled "The Origins of COVID-19: An Investigation of the Wuhan Institute of Virology," claimed that the WIV proposed a budget of over $606 million for a central air conditioning renovation project on September 16, 2019.
"Such a significant renovation so soon after the facility began operation appears unusual," the report proposed.
However, by tracing the source it referred to for the surprisingly high budget, one can find the number should be 3.9268764 million yuan (about $605,000) for air conditioning in the original procurement document in Chinese.
That means the alleged $606-million budged was 1,000 times exaggerated.