The Chinese balloon that was shot down over the territory of the United States in early February had special sensors to collect intelligence, but they were never activated during the flight.
This was stated by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Army, General Mark Milley, RBC-Ukraine reports citing an interview with CBS.
He said that US intelligence "believes with a high degree of credibility" that the balloon did not transmit secret data to China, but the device was actually a "spy" and had devices for collecting intelligence.
"I would say that it was a spy balloon that we know with a high degree of certainty did not receive any intelligence and did not transmit it back to China," Milley said.
After the U.S. Navy recovered the remains of the balloon from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, technical experts found that its sensors had never been activated while it was over the continental United States.
Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 17/09/2023