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Chinese spy balloon used American-made
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Posted By: Dreadnought, 6/29/2023 8:25:07 AM

The Chinese spy balloon that was shot down over the Atlantic Ocean in early February was built -- at least partly -- using American off-the-shelf parts, a U.S. official has confirmed to ABC News. A second U.S. official was also able to confirm that the balloon did not appear to have transmitted any of the data it collected on its journey above North America, as was initially reported by the Wall Street Journal. The first official could not say whether any of the American gear was sold illicitly to China but said determining whether any of it came from illegal trade was a topic of serious concern

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Dreadnought 6/29/2023 8:38:12 AM (No. 1501782)
What was the point of (any) data collection if there was no transmission? How would any data be recovered? A data dump at a later time? How did the Chicoms track the thing to "guide" it?
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Mizz Fixxit 6/29/2023 8:43:37 AM (No. 1501790)
No reasonable person believes there was no data transmitted to China. As usual, the national socialist democrat party is denying the undeniable.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Luckychosenfew 6/29/2023 8:49:33 AM (No. 1501795)
I don't believe them!
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Reply 4 - Posted by: downnout 6/29/2023 8:49:41 AM (No. 1501796)
I no longer believe anything from this administration or their media lackeys.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: philsner 6/29/2023 8:55:36 AM (No. 1501804)
All you need to know is the source.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: OkieTom 6/29/2023 8:56:56 AM (No. 1501806)
Oh, of course it didn’t transmit any data! Haha! Lying Marxist-leftist media and democrats.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: MickTurn 6/29/2023 8:58:04 AM (No. 1501807)
Lies an Damn LIES!
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Hazymac 6/29/2023 9:03:27 AM (No. 1501811)
ABC News really need to STOP LYING.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: clayusmcret 6/29/2023 9:09:07 AM (No. 1501815)
"Quick! Somebody tack the corners of the rug down before anyone can look under it again! Sweep! Sweep! Sweep!!" ABC's doing their part to be a Team DNC player.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino 6/29/2023 9:18:16 AM (No. 1501822)
It was a mostly peaceful balloon.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: pixelero 6/29/2023 9:29:57 AM (No. 1501831)
Literally unbelievable; as in not to be believed, fabulous, a contrived falsehood. Lol. ABC News demonstrating their utter disdain for Americans’ critical thinking skills.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: stablemoney 6/29/2023 9:34:40 AM (No. 1501837)
I don't believe anything U.S. "officials" have to say. The reputation for truth telling has been lost.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: MaxWedge 6/29/2023 9:36:55 AM (No. 1501842)
How stupid do they think we are?
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Reply 14 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter 6/29/2023 9:48:44 AM (No. 1501849)
First of all, it depends on what the definition of "parts" is. Could be anything. Secondly - and very sadly - there is no longer any credibility in what "a U.S. official" says or confirms. Comer says the haul is now up to $50 million? Much of which came from China? When U.S. officials start confirming that I'll maybe start listening.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: paral04 6/29/2023 9:59:30 AM (No. 1501851)
Do you believe anything that comes from the mouths of people working for the government? They will lie willingly or because they are forced to to keep their jobs. Why would China just send over a balloon? They always have a reason for everything.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Kate318 6/29/2023 10:21:22 AM (No. 1501865)
Another story for the gullible. There is no “Chinese spy ballon.” These are US government spy balloons.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: VirtuDawg 6/29/2023 10:25:33 AM (No. 1501868)
Like most responders here, I do not believe ANYTHING that comes out the mouths of any "officials" of the Xiden mal-Administration.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Norway 6/29/2023 11:12:57 AM (No. 1501916)
I no longer trust or believe our government on much of anything...including this.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Venturer 6/29/2023 11:38:02 AM (No. 1501953)
I believe this ,Yes, and I believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny too.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: mc squared 6/29/2023 12:26:27 PM (No. 1501997)
American stuff? Impossible.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: taxedalot 6/29/2023 12:44:20 PM (No. 1502010)
The Chicoms were just trying to returns some of the equipment Joey and Hunter sold them.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: DVC 6/29/2023 1:22:34 PM (No. 1502043)
I call BS. It had to have transmitted data, probably to satellites.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: montwoodcliff 6/29/2023 1:22:46 PM (No. 1502044)
The data would have been transmitted only if Trump were president!
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Reply 24 - Posted by: rochow 6/29/2023 1:35:29 PM (No. 1502055)
But of course.... I chat with Santa personally every single day! Right!
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Reply 25 - Posted by: slipstik 6/29/2023 2:01:16 PM (No. 1502077)
Wait, it wasn't from China. It was from Chinatown. See?? No probrem.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: Petronius 6/29/2023 2:46:34 PM (No. 1502109)
Who was the "source", Gen. Milley?
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Reply 27 - Posted by: JimBob 6/29/2023 5:32:29 PM (No. 1502209)
The 'RATS and ABC (but I repeat myself) confirming that, given the choice between telling the truth or an obvious lie, they will tell the Obvious Lie every time. Didn't they say, while the balloon was still in the air, that they had "learned a lot about Chinese intelligence methods and technology" from monitoring the balloon? How could they have done that, other than monitor the balloon equipment's transmissions? "The officials told lawmakers that the US has assessed that little new intelligence was gleaned by the Chinese balloon operation because the Chinese appeared to stop transmitting information once the US learned of the balloon," link: "American Equipment" could be anything from a sophisticated remote sensor, to a transmitter, down to a battery, or something as simple as a single piece of nut-and-bolt hardware. No telling. And with this lying crowd, it's likely a complete lie. Oh, and #19, don't forget the Tooth Fairy!
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Reply 28 - Posted by: mifla 6/30/2023 5:19:04 AM (No. 1502495)
The operative phrase is "did not appear". My government lies to me all the time. If I protest too loudly, they come after me.
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