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Rosendale Letter Demands Briefing from Defense Officials on Chinese Spy Balloon Over Montana

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin demanding a briefing regarding the Chinese balloon flying over Montana, potentially conducting spy operations. Rosendale is particularly concerned about surveillance of Malmstrom Air Force Base in his district, which operates, maintains, and secures Minuteman III ICBMs.

“This incident is only the most recent example of China’s brazen espionage attempt – it is abundantly clear that the Chinese Communist Party is engaging in a multilayered approach to spy on Americans,” the letter stated. “The Biden Administration must do more to prevent the Chinese Communist Party from targeting Americans. The Biden Administration must determine how to take this balloon down safely, identify the true purpose of it, and analyze the information they have already collected from the balloon.”

Read the full letter here.