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Pentagon Says Chinese Spy Balloon Drew a Blank – Guardian

US spy chiefs say the Chinese balloon downed in February did not collect any information, after it was shot down and recovered from the Atlantic Ocean

US and Chinese officials are pondering a meeting to try to cool tensions stirred up by the spy balloons affair.
US Navy personnel pull remains of the Chinese spy balloon on board a vessel off Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Feb 5, 2023. Image: DVIDS, Tyler Thompson.


The Chinese spy balloon that was tracked across the United States and was shot down over the Atlantic in February didn’t gather any intelligence, a Pentagon investigation has revealed according to the Guardian.

A Pentagon spokesman said the US “took steps to mitigate” intelligence collection by the balloon before it was downed off the coast of South Carolina after flying over several sensitive military installations.

Read the full story: The Guardian


  • By Sean O’Meara


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Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.


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