(Republican Leader) – Most people, at this point, probably realize that one of the biggest threats to our national security is without a doubt the communist nation of China. I mean, just a few months back we shot down a spy balloon they flew over a large portion of our country. They also have formed a strategic partnership with Russia. And let’s not get started on the origin of the coronavirus.
Well, as it turns out, this is all just the tip of the iceberg. There are quite a few more reasons to have the alert raised concerning the Chinese Communist Party.
Micaela Burrow of the Daily Caller said that on Saturday, the White House came out and clarified that China has actually been operating a spy base located in Cuba, which is just 90 miles off the coast of Florida, after reports that Beijing has reached an agreement to set up a brand new intelligence operation at a different location in the country.
“The White House on Friday had characterized as ‘inaccurate’ the WSJ’s first report of a planned Chinese surveillance outpost in Cuba focused on intercepting electronic communications, including emails and radio transmissions, in the southeast U.S. However, White House officials told the outlet Saturday that the Biden administration has worked to tamp down on China’s repeated attempts to spy on the U.S. since Biden took office, and said China has had a surveillance operation in Cuba since at least 2019,” Burrow penned.
“This is an ongoing issue, and not a new development, and the arrangement as characterized in the reporting does not comport with our understanding,” the White House declared in a comment given to the WSJ, making a reference to the outlet’s previous report.
Burrows also revealed that right after Biden came into office, his administration received several briefings in 2021 from intelligence officials concerning the global intelligence agenda of the Chinese Communist Party, which includes projects designed to create surveillance locations in the following areas: the Atlantic Ocean, Latin America, the Middle East, Central Asia, Africa and the Indo-Pacific.
“This effort included the presence of PRC intelligence collection facilities in Cuba,” the administration official, who was given anonymity in order to talk about the sensitive issue, stated, as per Politico. “In fact, the PRC conducted an upgrade of its intelligence collection facilities in Cuba in 2019. This is well-documented in the intelligence record.”
The Biden administration then noted this effort is happening right now.
The official speaking with the WJS asserted that Beijing “will keep trying to enhance its presence in Cuba, and we will keep working to disrupt it.”
“This is an issue that this administration inherited,” the official claimed.
“We think the PRC isn’t quite where they had hoped to be,” the White House remarked, according to a report from Politico. “Our experts assess that our diplomatic efforts have slowed the PRC down.”
Issued a statement as Vice Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence w/ Chairman @MarkWarner after reports China & Cuba reached an agreement allowing 🇨🇳 to establish an electronic eavesdropping facility on the island, less than 100 miles from FL.https://t.co/zF1uewIpL7 pic.twitter.com/6I5AVjFfQM
— Senator Marco Rubio (@SenMarcoRubio) June 8, 2023
Burrows also reported that “Information on the Chinese spy operation and Cuba’s role in planning appeared in classified intelligence reporting only in recent weeks, the WSJ reported, citing people familiar with the matter. That intelligence has been shared with some lawmakers on intelligence committees.”
“Republican Rep. Michael Warner of Ohio, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said the reports have been contradictory in a statement to Politico following the Saturday report,” the Daily Caller divulged.
“In less than 48 hours, officials from the Biden administration have contradicted themselves multiple times about whether or not the Chinese Communist Party is spying on the United States. This is unacceptable,” he then went on to tell the outlet.
Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson working for the Chinese foreign ministry, commented that the country is “not aware” of any new spy base being built in Cuba, going on to level accusations at the United States of “chasing shadows and meddling in other countries’ internal affairs.”
Of course he isn’t going to openly admit they have a spy base in the works that is only 90 miles off the coast of Florida. But you can rest assured that is exactly what’s happening. We need strong leadership in the White House to take on this threat and put the CCP back in its place.
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