senator fears nuclear espionage

36 senator fears nuclear espionage

A Montana official desires to know if China spied on ICBM silos housed in his state

A US senator has requested a safety briefing and decisive motion in opposition to a possible Chinese language surveillance operation, following the Pentagon’s announcement on Thursday {that a} excessive altitude balloon was being monitored in US skies.

Montana’s Republican Senator Steve Daines despatched the letter to Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday, expressing alarm over the incident and calling on the DOD to offer extra info. “It is important to ascertain the flight path of this balloon, any compromised US nationwide safety property, and all telecom or IT infrastructure on the bottom inside the US that this spy balloon was using,” the senator wrote. 

“As you understand, Montana performs an important nationwide safety position by housing nuclear missile silos at Malmstrom AFB,” he continued. 

Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder clarified at Thursday’s briefing that the balloon, which the navy believes belongs to China, didn’t pose a direct security menace.

“Situations of this sort of balloon exercise have been noticed beforehand over the previous a number of years. As soon as the balloon was detected, the US authorities acted instantly to guard in opposition to the gathering of delicate info,” he stated. 

The US navy claimed that they determined not shoot down the balloon on account of security considerations within the quick space. Whereas Beijing has not but taken accountability for the incident, US officers really feel “assured” that the article belongs to the Individuals’s Republic of China. 

“Given the elevated hostility and destabilization across the globe aimed toward america and our allies, I’m alarmed by the truth that this spy balloon was in a position to infiltrate the airspace of our nation and Montana,” Daines concluded in his letter. 

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