‘Uncontrolled’ China Spy Balloon Did Figure 8s Over Intel Sites

  • The Chinese spy balloon saga burst back into the headlines this week with revelations that Beijing likely gathered far more intelligence than previously acknowledged, raising fresh questions about the Biden administration’s honesty and its decision to allow the device to traverse the entire United States before it was shot down.
  • Intelligence officials confirmed Monday the Chinese balloon gathered intelligence from several sensitive U.S. military sites and transmitted it back to Beijing, despite the administration’s claims if had blocked the transmissions. The device was clearly controlled, in some cases making multiple passes — even figure 8s — over sensitive sites, the officials said.