US says China gave up intel secrets with balloon shoot-down

SpaceDaily.com reports: “President Joe Biden on Monday defended the decision to wait until a Chinese balloon crossed the United States before shooting it down, and the White House said valuable intelligence was being culled from the device.

China says the balloon was an errant weather observation aircraft with no military purpose, but Washington has described it as a sophisticated high-altitude spying vehicle.

A US fighter plane shot down the balloon Saturday just off the east coast in the Atlantic and naval and coast guard forces are currently recovering the debris for intelligence analysis.

‘Once it came over the United States from Canada, I told the Defense Department I wanted to shoot it down as soon as it was appropriate,’ Biden told reporters.

‘They concluded we should not shoot it down over land. It was not a serious threat and we should wait till it got (over) the water.’

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said US personnel ‘have recovered some remnants off the surface of the sea,’ although weather conditions have not permitted much undersea surveillance of the debris field…”

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