This article is receiving much attention in the places I haunt on the Internet. Its main revelation is that U.S. government officials had strong incentives and took coordinated action early on to suppress the lab-leak hypothesis as an explanation for Covid-19’s origins. In effect the government created and promoted a false narrative of natural origins for over a year.
It is probably going overboard to accuse the government of lying to the people, but it is not going overboard to say that the people were intentionally misled. This, in turn, justifies speculation that the lab-leak hypothesis itself may be a ruse.
Time will tell, of course. Be skeptical of everything you read or hear on this topic.