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U.S. Says Chinese Spy Balloon Contained Tech to Monitor Communication Signals

It was shot down last weekend over the eastern seaboard

The Biden administration has determined the suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that traversed the United States last week was operating with electronic surveillance technology capable of monitoring U.S. communications, according to a senior State Department official.

The balloon “was capable of conducting signals intelligence collection operations” and was part of a fleet that had flown over “more than 40 countries across five continents.”

"We know the PRC used these balloons for surveillance," the official said. "High resolution imagery from U-2 flybys revealed that the high-altitude balloon was capable of conducting signals intelligence collection operations."

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