An official in the United States government has confirmed to ABC News that the mysterious Chinese spy balloon, which disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean in early February, was built in part with commercially available American parts.
The revelation raises eyebrows because it reveals a surprising turn in the history of international espionage.
Data Transmission Claims Debunked
A second U.S. official has come out to contradict the original findings published by the prestigious Wall Street Journal, adding another layer of interest to the developing story.
It has been established that the doomed spy balloon did not send back any of the priceless information it had secretly gathered while flying high over the North American continent. It seems like the truth was obscured by a thick blanket of fog.
Contemplating Illicit Trade and Forbidden Markets
While it is confirmed that American components were used in the Chinese surveillance balloon’s creation, authorities are nonetheless worried about possible illegal commerce. The first official, puzzling about the provenance of these American parts, was unable to determine whether or not any of the machinery had been illegally exported to China.
Concerns have been raised about the possible illegal distribution of restricted goods, such as chips, into unrestricted markets. Authorities are facing a very serious situation as this mystery continues to percolate.