From Feb: "The Company hereby emphasizes that as the CLARITY trial is on-going and given the double-blind trial design, BioLineRx at present has no insight into the results of the interim analysis. Any media reports or comments by those outside of the Company regarding the outcome of the interim results of the CLARITY trial are merely based on speculation."
Even if they didn't know or suspect anything about the data then....it kind of makes them look bad now don't you think?
Their preemptive strike could simply have been to protect themselves from anything that might appear to have been a compromise. Hindsight being 20-20 we can now see that the rumors were completely false. It also does make the executive team look highly suspicious as if they had some idea that things were going poorly.
Think if the trials results had gone well. Then it would look as if there was a leak that would have compromised the integrity of the trials.
It will be instant fodder for the lawsuits though.