US intel: Chinese spy balloon part of wider surveillance program
It didn’t get as much time during last night’s State of the Union Address as some had thought — but we’re learning more about the Chinese balloon that was spotted over the U-S last week and shot down over the weekend.
The big headline — the U-S intelligence community has linked the balloon to a vast surveillance program run by the Chinese government.
According to several U.S. officials, the program has been going for several years now.
It has collected information on military assets in countries like Japan, India, Vietnam, Taiwan and the Philippines.
All this — despite China’s maintained claim that it was a weather balloon blown off course.
“The PRC knows precisely what this was. The PRC knows precisely why this was in our airspace. The PRC knows precisely what this was doing over the United States, and ultimately the PRC knows precisely why we did what we did.”
The U-S is now sharing the information it is gathering on the balloon with the rest of the world.
On Monday — the deputy secretary of state led a briefing for roughly 150 diplomats from 40 countries.