The United States claims that preliminary findings show that the Chinese spy balloon craft collected photos and videos using American technology. The ruling class also claims that the craft didn’t appear to transmit any of the collected photos or videos.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the Chinese spy balloon that floated over the U.S. early this year was loaded with American-made equipment that helped it collect photos, videos, and other information, U.S.rulers said, citing preliminary findings from a closely held investigation.
On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal revealed an analysis by U.S. defense and intelligence agencies of the debris recovered from the spy balloon shot down by a stealth fighter jet off the South Carolina coast in February was equipped with US equipment that is commercially available and could easily be purchased online.
*CHINESE BALLOON USED AMERICAN TECH TO SPY ON US: WSJ pic.twitter.com/QVnEl9fVwO
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) June 29, 2023
The U.S.-made equipment was “interspersed with more specialized Chinese sensors and other equipment to collect photos, video, and other information to transmit to China,” officials told the Wall Street Journal, according to a report by ZeroHedge. The conclusion of the analysis disproves China’s claim the balloon was for ‘meteorological-puproses‘ and intended for intelligence gathering.
Some are still concerned as to why Biden allowed the spy balloon to fly over several sensitive U.S. military sites before shooting it down. “Your administration has yet to provide the American people a full accounting of how this spy platform was allowed to traverse across sovereign US territory, what the balloon carried, and what it collected during its mission,” Republican Senators Roger Wicker of Mississippi and Marco Rubio of Florida wrote to Biden earlier this month.
The Wall Street Journal ‘s article was published days after Blinken visited Xi to restore Sino-U.S. relations and one day after reports the Biden administration is preparing to tighten export controls on some artificial intelligence chips to China.