MSM officially verified what most attentive Americans believed, that a Chinese balloon that flew over the United States in early February was able to collect intelligence from many U.S. military facilities and feed it back to the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing in “real-time.”
NBC News reported on Monday that the strategy proved effective against the United States, despite the Biden administration’s efforts to prevent the balloon from doing so.
Some independent media sources think that Biden, who has extensive personal disputes with America’s number one enemy, enabled the balloon to collect intelligence on our troops.
The NBC News story included specifics:
The high-altitude balloon, controlled by Beijing, made repeated flights over some of the locations before it was shot down on February 4, NBC said, citing two current senior U.S. officials and one former senior administration official. At times, the balloon flew in a figure-eight arrangement.
According to NBC, the three officials stated that China could get the gathered data in real-time.
“The intelligence China collected was mostly from electronic signals, which can be picked up from weapons systems or include communications from base personnel, rather than images,” NBC cited the officials as saying.
According to Newsmax, U.S. officials were unable for instant comment. Neither the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing nor the Chinese Embassy in Washington responded quickly to a request for comment from Reuters.
At the time, U.S. authorities minimized the balloon’s implications on national security.
The balloon, which China denies was a government surveillance vessel, spent a week soaring above the United States and Canada in early February until President Joseph Biden ordered the U.S. Navy to shoot it down off the Atlantic Coast.
The Chinese balloon incident forced U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to postpone a trip to Beijing and strained relations between Washington and Beijing.
The incident sparked outrage in Washington and prompted the U.S. military to explore the sky for further items that were not being detected by radar.
The United States said on February 17 that it had successfully ended operations to retrieve sensors and other debris from a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon off the coast of South Carolina, and that investigators will now examine its “guts.”
Zerohedge reported on the CCP Balloon as well:
US officials say the verdict is finally in after the government probe into the Chinese spy balloon shot down off the coast of South Carolina on Feb. 4. While Beijing has long insisted it was a benign unmanned civilian airship that accidentally strayed off course. During this time, it was observed over sensitive American military installations, a Monday NBC report says it was able to obtain intelligence.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
“The Chinese spy balloon that flew across the U.S. was able to gather intelligence from several sensitive American military sites, despite the Biden administration’s efforts to block it from doing so, according to two current senior U.S. officials and one former senior administration official,” the NBC report begins. CONTINUE READING…