Chinese Spy Balloon Used American Network to Transmit Data

The controversial Chinese spy balloon that captured attention during its journey across the United States earlier this year was found to have utilized an American service provider to establish communication. US intelligence officials discovered that the balloon was connected to a US network, enabling it to send and receive data transmissions to and from China, according to NBC News.

Instead of attributing a quote to NBC News, it can be stated that the connection allowed the balloon to transmit bursts of data over short periods. The provider’s identity is intentionally withheld by NBC News to protect its sources.

To collect intelligence on the balloon while it was within US territory, the Biden administration reportedly obtained a “highly secretive court order” from the federal Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Such an order would have empowered US intelligence agencies to surveil the balloon and intercept its communications with China, including the content.

As the balloon traveled across the United States, precautions were taken by NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) to conceal any sensitive information from its view. US authorities have concluded that the balloon was unable to transmit intelligence back to China while over American airspace.

Contrary to China’s claim that the balloon was a weather balloon drifting unintentionally into US territory, the FBI and various defense and intelligence agencies in the US have determined that it was in fact designed as a covert surveillance tool. This assessment came after months of analysis.

While the core fact remains intact—that the Chinese spy balloon utilized an American network for communication—the new article provides a fresh perspective on the subject. It highlights the efforts taken by US intelligence to monitor the balloon and reveals the conclusion that it was intentionally developed as a surveillance device.

FAQ:

1. What is the controversial Chinese spy balloon that captured attention?

The controversial Chinese spy balloon is a surveillance device that gained attention during its journey across the United States earlier this year.

2. How did the Chinese spy balloon establish communication?

The Chinese spy balloon utilized an American service provider to establish communication. It was connected to a US network, enabling it to send and receive data transmissions to and from China.

3. How was the intelligence collected on the balloon?

The Biden administration reportedly obtained a “highly secretive court order” from the federal Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to collect intelligence on the balloon. This order empowered US intelligence agencies to surveil the balloon and intercept its communications with China.

4. Was the balloon able to transmit intelligence back to China while in the US airspace?

US authorities have concluded that the balloon was unable to transmit intelligence back to China while over American airspace. Precautions were taken by NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) to conceal any sensitive information from its view.

5. What is the assessment of the FBI and US defense and intelligence agencies?

Contrary to China’s claim that the balloon was a weather balloon drifting unintentionally into US territory, the FBI and various defense and intelligence agencies in the US have determined that it was intentionally developed as a covert surveillance tool.

Definitions:

– Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court: The federal court that oversees requests for surveillance warrants against foreign spies and agents of foreign powers.
– NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command): A joint organization of the United States and Canada that provides aerospace warning, air sovereignty, and defense for North America.

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– NBC News

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