Let's see, we have spy balloons, Chinese police stations, TikTok, what else could China be doing to undermine the US and gather intelligence?
How about sending out actual spies to break into military installations?
U.S. officials grabbed up a couple of likely Chinese spies who were disguised as tourists in Alaska after they attempted to break into a military installation, according to multiple military witnesses.
Apparently, this is a somewhat common occurrence, that foreign visitors will wander into classified areas. Sometimes it is completely innocent, but oftentimes it's an act of espionage.
In one incident, a vehicle with Chinese citizens blew past a security checkpoint at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, several soldiers told USA TODAY. The vehicle was eventually stopped, and a search found a drone inside the vehicle. The occupants claimed they were tourists who had gotten lost...
Details about the incidents remain mostly classified. However, military briefings and publicly available information lay out why the Chinese government would be interested in Alaska where some of the Pentagon's most sophisticated military capabilities and high-end war games reside.
Oh, well the fact that this happens ALL THE TIME should probably worry us just a little.
There are three major military bases in Alaska, which is the most strategic location for air defense and air shipping in the entire northern hemisphere.
- Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage
- Fort Wainwright near Fairbanks
- Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks
So, the question is, are our military sites in the US secured?
[FBI Director Christopher] Wray has estimated that the FBI opens a new investigation on Chinese-government sponsored espionage every 12 hours.
We know that the Chinese spy balloon was able to send back data relatively uninterrupted while spying on American military installations. So can we assume that these military installations are similarly compromised?