Americans are now in danger because of what the Biden admin just did. There’s no fixing it either.
And this Biden admin catastrophic failure has nerve-racking consequences.
A couple months ago, the news of the Chinese spy balloon over American airspace completely dominated the media’s attention.
In an instant, millions of Americans felt less safe as the idea of a Chinese spy balloon being able to fly over America getting intel was alarming to say the least.
A video filmed in Montana appears to show what could be a suspected Chinese spy balloon that has been flying over the United States for a couple of days, U.S. officials said https://t.co/eCbRMU6QZL pic.twitter.com/v8X7k5g8eP
— Reuters (@Reuters) February 3, 2023
The Biden administration largely downplayed the whole situation as they said that the spy balloon likely didn’t get much intel.
But that may not be the case after all.
According to a new bombshell report, China was able to get significant intel on American military bases and weapons systems that the Biden administration previously didn’t think they were able to capture.
The report exclusive to NBC says that China controlled the balloon remotely to be able to get it to pass over their targets multiple times.
China was able to control the balloon so it could make multiple passes over some of the sites (at times flying figure-eight formations) and transmit the information it collected back to Beijing in real time, the three officials said.
NBC notes that they reached out to the Defense Department for comments on this new report, but were ultimately told that the balloon didn’t actually help the Chinese that much.
The Defense Department directed NBC News to comments senior officials made in February that the balloon had “limited additive value” for intelligence collection by the Chinese government “over and above what [China] is likely able to collect through things like satellites in low earth orbit.”
This seems to contradict the fact that the NBC report notes that China was controlling the balloon remotely and transmitting data in real time rather than storing it locally on the spy balloon itself.
That indicates that the Chinese were getting data that they deemed valuable above and beyond what they are able to get from their satellite systems.
Furthermore, the Chinese haven’t been as bold lately in their attempts to send more spycraft over American airways for more intel gathering.
It’s possible that the Chinese got what they wanted out of their spy balloon back in January and February this year, or maybe even before if other spycraft went unnoticed.
So while the Biden admin continues to downplay the consequences of this failure, the reality is that the Chinese were able to get data they did not previously have.
That has serious consequences should the cold war that America is effectively in with China right now heats up.
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