The U.S. military recently shot down a Chinese spy balloon that had been flying over American soil, raising questions and concerns about the security of the nation. The balloon, which was discovered one week prior, was able to send sensitive data to the Chinese Communist Party before it was destroyed.
The Pentagon said they “acted immediately to protect against the collection of sensitive information” from the balloon, but foreign policy experts are skeptical that the effort was successful. Brandon Weichert, author of Winning Space, believes that the Chinese were able to gather U.S. military and technological information through their spy balloon.
The most scandalous aspect, according to Gordon Chang of the Gatestone Institute, is that President Biden was not briefed on the balloon until days after it was discovered by his military. A senior administration official told Fox News that the existence of the Chinese spy balloons over U.S. territory amid the Trump administration was not discovered until the Biden administration took over.
Rebekah Koffler, a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer, believes there is a “high probability that the Chinese government exfiltrated sensitive US data” through its spy balloon. This data could be used to develop deterrence strategies for dissuading the United States from intervening in China’s future aggressive operations against Taiwan.
The Pentagon said they waited to destroy the Chinese balloon over concerns the debris could harm civilians and destroy property. However, some believe the delay was a political decision, as Secretary of State Anthony Blinken was set to visit China on an official trip this week before it was suspended.
The Chinese spy balloon has raised many questions and concerns about the security of the United States. It has become clear that the Chinese government is willing to go to extreme lengths to gain access to sensitive information, and that the Biden administration must take steps to ensure that the nation’s security is not compromised.