(DCWatchdog.com) – In a significant breach of national security, Joe Biden exposed “sensitive” US intelligence about Communist China and the recent spy balloon incident while speaking at a campaign donor event, a report reveals.
A Chinese surveillance airship was shot down on the East Coast at Biden’s orders in early February after traveling over the continental United States from Alaska to South Carolina for a week.
During a fundraiser in California on Tuesday night, Biden surprised his subordinates by telling the audience what US intelligence services had found about the Chinese surveillance balloon incident, The New York Times reports, as cited by Breitbart News.
“[The president] set off into what appeared to be an unplanned riff… revealing what United States intelligence agencies had learned about the internal confusion in Beijing during the incident,” according to the leftist newspaper.
In his comments before the 130 campaign donors, Biden called Communist China’s leader Xi Jinping a “dictator.”
“The reason why Xi Jinping got very upset in terms of when I shot that balloon down with two boxcars full of spy equipment in it is he didn’t know it was there,” the president stated.
“No, I’m serious. That’s what’s a great embarrassment for dictators, when they didn’t know what happened,” he added.
According to the NYT, Biden startled US officials who were baffled by his willingness to “discuss the sensitive information in a public setting.”
The paper notes that the US government had previously said the Chinese spy balloon was tasked with surveilling the US military bases in Guam and Hawaii, but it was indeed blown off course, reaching Alaska and then the 48 contiguous states.
However, “they had not publicly disclosed Mr. Xi’s apparent ignorance,” wrote the paper.
It quoted an unnamed US official saying Biden’s revelations accurately reflected the government’s “private assessment.”
During his fundraiser address, though, the president also mentioned other US conclusions of the US government about the People’s Republic of China.
Thus, he stated that the Chinese leader was also “really upset” by the Quad, a four-way alliance including the US, Japan, Australia, and India.
Biden’s comments brought about an angry reaction from China, which called them “utterly absurd and irresponsible” and “an open political provocation.”