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New Details Reveal ‘Foreign Threat’ Disclosed To Lawmakers


The national security adviser at the White House announced on Wednesday that a classified briefing with congressional leaders had been arranged prior to a leading House Republican’s call for President Joe Biden to “declassify all information” concerning a “serious national security threat.”

According to two individuals briefed on the discussions on Capitol Hill, the intelligence in question involves Russia’s intention to deploy a nuclear weapon in space, ABC reports.

The intelligence is not about deploying a nuclear weapon to Earth, but rather its potential use against satellites. “It is very concerning and very sensitive,” one informant told ABC News, emphasizing the significance by describing it as “a big deal.”

Without directly mentioning the specifics, several congressional members have acknowledged the matter as grave, yet they assure it is not something that should provoke immediate public panic.

On Wednesday National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan avoided giving a direct response when questioned about the situation. Sullivan mentioned that he had contacted the “gang of eight,” the leading members from both the House and Senate, earlier in the week, “to offer myself up for a personal briefing.”

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“That’s been on the books so I am a bit surprised that Congressman Turner came out publicly today, in advance of a meeting on the books, for me to go sit with him alongside our intelligence and defense professionals tomorrow,” Sullivan shared with the media.

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While Sullivan was reticent about the specifics of the briefing, he stressed that he had taken the initiative to arrange the meeting. “I personally reached out to the Gang of Eight. It is highly unusual, in fact, for the national security adviser to do that, and I did that.”

When questioned about the seriousness of the threat to the public, Sullivan responded, “In a way, that question is impossible to answer with a straight ‘yes’ … because Americans understand that there are a range of threats and challenges in the world that we’re dealing with every single day, and those threats and challenges range from terrorism to state actors, and we have to contend with them.”

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“I am confident that President Biden, in the decisions that he has taken, is going to ensure the security of the American people going forward, and I will stand here at this podium and assert that, look you in the eye with confidence that we believe that we can and will and are protecting the national security of the United States and the American people.”

Deploying nuclear weapons in space poses a significant escalation in military capabilities and could have far-reaching implications for global security and satellite operations, which are critical for communication, navigation, and surveillance.

Such an action would also likely violate international treaties, including the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, which prohibits the placement of nuclear weapons or any other weapons of mass destruction in orbit around Earth, on the Moon, or any other celestial body.

Modern rocket technology is capable of delivering payloads, including nuclear weapons, into space. The mechanics of deploying a weapon in space and targeting satellites or other space-based assets would involve sophisticated guidance and control systems, but these are within the realm of current capabilities for some nations.

Beyond the immediate strategic and legal implications, the use of nuclear weapons in space could have unforeseen technical and environmental consequences, including the generation of electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) that could disrupt electronic equipment on Earth and in space, as well as the creation of long-lasting radiation belts that could endanger spacecraft.

On Wednesday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner (R-OH) sounded the alarm on what he described as a “serious national security threat.”

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“Today, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has made available to all Members of Congress information concerning a serious national security threat,” Turner wrote in a statement on Wednesday morning.



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