Observation O’ The Day

If you’re dealing with Chinese who have close family still living in China, it’s a good bet they’re compromised due to valid threats made against their family by the Chinese Communist goobermint.

Comment O’ The Day

I remember when all the best people were ready to turn America upside down over nonexistent Russian collusion claims.


Probable Chinese spies claim ‘Raycissss!’


Stanford professors ask DOJ to stop looking for Chinese spies at universities in US.

While acknowledging that is important for the U.S. to address concerns of intellectual property theft and economic espionage, the Stanford educators wrote in their letter that the program has since “deviated significantly from its claimed mission.”

The professors stated that the China Initiative is “harming the United States’ research and technology competitiveness and it is fueling biases that, in turn, raise concerns about racial profiling.”

They pointed out that the program disproportionately targets researchers with Chinese origins, choosing to investigate them not based on evidence but simply for having a connection to China.

The program was started in 2018 to combat Chinese espionage but has since been criticized for investigating Asian individuals falsely accused of committing crimes.

“In many cases the federal response seems disproportionate and inappropriate. In some cases, federal agents associated with the China Initiative have prosecuted researchers without solid evidence,” the professors wrote. “Moreover, racial profiling – even when undertaken in pursuit of justice – is both inconsistent with U.S. law and with the principles underlying our society.”

Climate Scientist Warns ‘Next 20-30 Years Will Be Cold’

Climate scientist Dr. Willie Soon has urged his fellow academics to pay closer attention to the sun’s activity, which suggests several decades of global cooling rather than warming.

Speaking this week with Alex Newman of the New American, Soon, a Malaysian astrophysicist and aerospace engineer, said that “what we predict is that the next 20-30 years will be cold. It will be cold, so it will be a very interesting thing for the IPCC to confront.”

The sun is in a “weakened state” and far less active than during the 1980s and 1990s, Soon noted, which should last until “around 2050.”

“The whole climate system is powered 99.1 percent by the sun’s energy,” he stated.

Soon, a researcher at the Solar and Stellar Physics Division of the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said that global cooling is a far greater source of concern than global warming.

“We will have a lot more problems were the planet to cool rather than warm,” Soon insisted.

Humanity can solve a lot of problems including overheating, but the problem of a “little ice age” like that of the 1700s, “those problems are much harder to solve,” he said.

“If you want to face a serious problem, worry about an ice age; never worry about global warming,” he declared.

Soon’s warnings dovetail with a report Wednesday of billions of dollars of Chinese investment into elite American universities to promote climate alarmism as “one of the Chinese Communist Party’s chief weapons against the United States of America.”

The U.S. State Department uncovered $6.5 billion in undeclared university, most of which came from China, in an attempt to “project ‘soft power,’ steal sensitive and proprietary research and development data and other intellectual property, and spread propaganda benefitting foreign governments.”

“It makes perfect sense that the Chinese Communists are manipulating fears of a climate catastrophe to its advantage,” the report noted. “The CCP wants the U.S. and other nations to pass laws making energy and manufacturing more expensive while they expand their economy, take our industries and our jobs and do so with little regard for the environment or human rights.”

“It is a strategic geopolitical tool used by China and other nations that want to weaken America, and the freedoms we enjoy,” it said.

Electrical Engineer Gets Five Years in Prison for Selling Missile Technology to China

U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt sentenced Yi-Chi Shih, 66, of Hollywood Hills, to 63 months—or more than five years—in prison for his role in the scheme. He was also ordered to pay $362,698 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the judge fined him $300,000.

Shih was arrested in January 2019 after he was found to have been involved in an illegal scheme to obtain monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) from an unnamed American company and smuggle them to the Chinese company Chengdu GaStone Technology (CGTC), which was placed on the Commerce Department’s Entity List in 2014.

He was convicted on one count of conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Export Administration Regulations.

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Here’s What the Chinese Defector Has Reportedly Given Us About COVID…But Also on Joe and Hunter Biden

As the media laments being totally wrong about the COVID lab leak theory, more details are coming out about the Chinese defector who has been taken into US custody. The man alleges that he has knowledge about a slew of Chinese bioweapons programs and COVID. He alleges that the current pandemic was caused by a lab leak, and that bats were the real cover-up story. The defector alleges that while the lab leak was an accident, it was allowed to spread. Our friends at RedState wrote about this first, but Jen Van Laar has a new development. The identity of the defector has been confirmed, and he’s a high-ranking intelligence official with the People’s Republic of China:

Matthew Brazil and Jeff Stein at Spy Talk reported on the “rumor,” and gave the name and background of the rumored defector:

Chinese-language anti-communist media and Twitter are abuzz this week with rumors that a vice minister of State Security, Dong Jingwei (???) defected in mid-February, flying from Hong Kong to the United States with his daughter, Dong Yang.

Dong is, or was, a longtime official in China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS), also known as the Guoanbu. His publicly available background indicates that he was responsible for the Ministry’s counterintelligence efforts in China, i.e., spy-catching, since being promoted to vice minister in April 2018. If the stories are true, Dong would be the highest-level defector in the history of the People’s Republic of China.

RedState’s sources confirmed that the defector is, in fact, Dong, that he was in charge of counterintelligence efforts in China, and that he flew to the United States in mid-February, allegedly to visit his daughter at a university in California. When Dong landed in California he contacted DIA officials and told them about his plans to defect and the information he’d brought with him. Dong then “hid in plain sight” for about two weeks before disappearing into DIA custody.

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Comment O’ The Day:
Well, this sure is convenient! “Why, we had a defector! Told us all about it!” Not that a literal host of other have been telling them the same thing for the last 15 months, or that other defectors have been telling them the same  things for at least 8 months, or that Big Tech and the Media were lampooning as deranged nutcases anyone who publicly theorized such things if not banning them outright.


Quote O’ The Day:
“If, as Housley claims, the FBI, CIA, and other federal agencies are swarming with Chinese spies, it would constitute the biggest national security failure in U.S. history—and the most deadly.”


EXCLUSIVE: High-Ranking Chinese Defector Has ‘Direct Knowledge’ of Several Chinese Special Weapons Programs

A person believed to be among the highest-ranking defectors ever to the United States from the People’s Republic of China has been working with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) for months, sources inside the intelligence community have told RedState on condition of anonymity. The defector has direct knowledge of special weapons programs in China, including bioweapons programs, those sources say.

The information provided to RedState corroborates and clarifies Thursday evening’s reporting by journalist Adam Housley.

RedState’s sources say that’s partially true. FBI Director Christopher Wray was “ambushed” with the information, they say, and Langley was also unaware. Sources say DIA leadership kept the defector within their Clandestine Services network to prevent Langley and the State Department from accessing the person, whose existence was kept from other agencies because DIA leadership believes there are Chinese spies or sources inside the FBI, CIA, and several other federal agencies.

More information will be published as it becomes available to RedState.

UPDATE 12:30 PM PDT, June 4, 2021

Sources tell RedState the defector has been with the DIA for three months and that he has provided an extensive, technically detailed debrief to US officials. In DIA’s assessment, the information provided by the defector is legitimate. Sources say the level of confidence in the defector’s information is what has led to a sudden crisis of confidence in Dr. Anthony Fauci, adding that U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) personnel detailed to DIA have corroborated very technical details of information provided by the defector.

It’s been made clear for quite awhile; Any corporate Chinese entity in international commerce is actually a part of Chinese goobermint intelligence and contain espionage fronts operating under that commercial cover.   Anyone who has done work for any of the these fronts must be considered as a security risk and shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the U.S. Intelligence community.


Meanwhile, elsewhere:
Huawei ex-director on trial in Poland on China spying charge.

“According to the Gazeta Wyborcza daily, the indictment is partly classified, but its public section alleges that Wang is a Chinese intelligence agent and from 2011-2019 sought high-ranking contracts for Huawei that would give the Chinese company insight into, and influence over, state and local government data systems in Poland.”


GOP senators oppose Biden intelligence nominee who did legal work for Huawei.

Of the members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, four voted against Christopher Fonzone’s nomination, including senators Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Marco Rubio of Florida and Tom Cotton of Arkansas.”You can’t work for Huawei and then work for the Director of National Intelligence,” Sasse said in a statement released on Wednesday.

The U.S. Director of National Intelligence is the head of the U.S. intelligence community and acts as the principal intelligence advisor to the president, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council.

Fonzone served as legal adviser to the National Security Council during President Barack Obama’s second term. He joined law firm Sidley Austin, which also does lobbying work, in November 2017, and did legal work for China’s Ministry of Commerce and Huawei — though fewer than 50 billable hours for each, according to a questionnaire he filled out for the committee.

When Huawei was under U.S. regulatory scrutiny in 2019, at least three attorneys from Sidley Austin were registered to lobby on behalf of the Chinese company, according to the National Law Journal.

Huawei did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

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BLUF:
Seems that Mike Bloomberg, Kevin Sheekey, Everytown and the Chinese Communist Party all share a common goal, don’t you think? I mean, judge for yourselves.

Everytown’s Chinese Communist Party Connection

On May 17, Breitbart News published an exclusive article detailing Mike Bloomberg and his buddies working hand in hand with the Chinese Communist Government. Over at Mom-At-Arms, we published our own article after researching those involved in Breitbart’s, and as it turns out, someone very important within Everytown‘s ranks is among the individuals pinpointed. You could say Everytown might not exist without him.
It‘s no secret the Chinese government is not a fan of the 2nd Amendment. In fact in 2012 (and to this day), they say that civilian gun ownership in the US is a “human rights violation“ (thank you, David, for the link). So where does Everytown fit in? Per the Breitbart Exclusive, focus on Kevin Sheekey:
  • December 21, 2015: Bloomberg LP global executive vice president Kevin Sheekey met with Jiang as well as Zhang Fuhai and Zhang Hongbin, respectively the director general and deputy director general of the SCIO Internet Affairs Bureau. They run an arm of the Chinese regime that deals with Internet censorship. Sheekey would become Michael Bloomberg’s campaign manager for his 2020 presidential run.
  • June 7, 2017: Kevin Sheekey, who was then vice president of government relations at Bloomberg LP, again met with communist propaganda minister Jiang. According to the Chinese government, “they talked about China-U.S. media exchanges and cooperation, the introduction of Chinese stories to the world, and efforts to promote healthy and stable relations between the two countries.”
Kevin Sheekey, as named in Breitbart’s article along with many more, is friendly with the Chinese Communist Government and has been working closely with those that deal with censorship, as well as promoting pro-Chinese stories here in the US.

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The preceding may be just be alarmist, but stay tuned because President Biden is on the job so I’m sure there’s nothing to worry about.


“Gas Run Has Begun” – Fuel Stations Run Dry Amid Hacked Pipeline.

Gas shortages are being reported in the Southeast of the US amid the recent cybersecurity attack that temporarily shut down one of the largest pipelines in the US.

Colonial Pipeline Co. Chief Executive Officer Joseph Blount said the company was in the process of restoring its systems but wouldn’t resume fuel shipments until the ransomware had been removed, according to Bloomberg.

At the moment, Colonial Pipeline is manually operating a segment of pipeline between North Carolina to Maryland and expects a complete system restore by the weekend. However, gas shortages are already being reported across North Carolina to Florida to Alabama.

On Monday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency, temporarily suspending motor vehicle fuel regulations to ensure adequate fuel supply supplies throughout the state.

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A Trump supporter infiltrated an Antifa group in Sonoma

For those not familiar with California geography, Sonoma is a city north of San Francisco probably best known for its connection to the state’s wine growing region. Frankly it’s not the sort of place I would think of as a hotbed for Antifa but apparently there is a small group that has recently taken it upon themselves to vandalize and target people for possible doxing.

San Francisco’s ABC affiliate was investigating the some recent vandalism including leaving a pig’s head and pig’s blood at the home of an expert witness in the Derek Chauvin trial. Somehow, during that investigation, they discovered that there was already a Trump supporter who’d been infiltrating one group of activists and keeping records on their activity, including recordings of some of their online chats, like this one:

Marb: “It’s May Day, baby, like come out and take, take somethin’ over with us, I don’t, I don’t (bleep) know.”
Member: “Let’s kill people. (laughs)”
Marb: “Let’s kill some cops.”
Member: “Yes.”

The text sounds a lot more threatening than the audio. In the recording, which you can hear below, this sounds like college kids larping as radicals. That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be taken seriously. I wonder how much of the dumb behavior these groups get up to is really about college-aged guys trying to impress college-aged women with their commitment to the cause.

The group apparently kept a list of people they planned to dox and/or harass and even visited the homes of some individuals late at night to scout and observe. They also appear to have either been directly involved or at least learned about acts of vandalism, such as the incident with the pig head, before anyone else.

The group initially called itself SoCo Antifa, but concerns about attracting FBI attention led them to rebrand it SoCo Radical Action. ABC 7 reports that it identified the leader of the group, who goes by the name “Marb” online.

The I-Team has learned the group’s leader who goes by the screen name “Marb” is a 25-year-old college student, who was arrested for “felony assault on a police officer” last year at this Oakland riot after the death of George Floyd; the district attorney declined to file charges…

Since we’ve been working on the story, Marb has been taking down his social media, both the public and private accounts.

I don’t support doxing people to harass them but I also don’t think people who vandalize public and private property deserve a pass. It appears Marb’s ID has been passed on to the police so they can investigate his connection to vandalism and possible threats. If the police decide there’s evidence to charge him then we’ll eventually get his name along with a mugshot.

As for the infiltrator, he said he just saw the group’s manifesto online and sent them a message saying he wanted to help them smash the fash. It wasn’t hard to convince them he was a like-minded comrade. “It felt like seeing Antifa getting sort of a pass all the time from government saying they don’t exist, saying that they’re a myth, saying that they’re just an idea. You know, when obviously, they are very real, and they’re a big threat,” he said.

I don’t think he means that this particular group constituted a “big threat” but he’s certainly right that groups like this in places like Portland have done a tremendous amount of damage and largely gone unpunished thanks to progressive DAs who just keep dropping charges against them. Here’s the full report from ABC7.

Pentagon linguist pleads guilty to exposing U.S. human assets

Thompson, who held a top secret security clearance, had been stationed at a Special Operations Task Force facility in Iraq from mid-December 2019 until her arrest a few months later.

Years before she began passing classified information, she was introduced to a Lebanese national on social media via a family member, according to the statement of facts that she agreed to as part of her plea. Though she never met the man in person, the man expressed interest in marrying her and having her move to Lebanon, the court documents said. The two communicated frequently from 2017 to 2020.

Through their chats, the now 63-year-old Thompson learned that the man, who is unnamed in the court documents, had a nephew who was a member of the Lebanese Ministry of the Interior. The man also claimed to have contact with members of Hezbollah. Prosecutors said Thompson did not tell the man where she was stationed and said he had not asked for classified information before January 2020.

That changed after Soleimani was killed by the U.S. The man was “very emotional and upset about the U.S. airstrikes, especially the death of [Soleimani], and he started to ask Thompson to provide ‘them’ with information about the human assets that had helped the United States to target” the Iranian commander, the court documents said. “Thompson understood ‘them’ to be Lebanese [Hezbollah].”

Thompson believed that if she did not pass on the classified information that her relationship with the Lebanese national “would come to an end” and he “would not marry her.”

She then began accessing national defense information that she did not have a need to access or know and showing her notes containing the secret information to the man, the documents said. She handed over true names, personal identification data, background information and photos of clandestine human sources, and also passed on details of U.S. targets, court documents said.

Thompson provided the man with “the identities of at least 10 clandestine human assets; at least 20 U.S. targets; and multiple tactics, techniques and procedures,” the Department of Justice said.

In response, Thompson’s romantic interest told her that “his contacts were pleased with the information” and he would introduce her to a Hezbollah military commander when she arrived in Lebanon, court documents said.

“It’s astounding that an American working for the U.S. military overseas would abandon her country in favor of terrorists,” Alan Kohler Jr., assistant director for the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, said in a statement. “The FBI and its partners placed a high priority on this case because the defendant provided classified defense information to a foreign terrorist organization, information that put members of the U.S. military in harm’s way.”

Thompson pled guilty to one count of delivering national defense information to aid a foreign government, and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. Her sentencing is scheduled for June 23.

What’s worse?
That the Chinese Commies were making spychips and putting them in computers?
Or that Uncle has known about this for over a decade, but still let who knows how many computers made for the commercial/home market with these spychips be imported into the country and sold to the public?
(maybe because they figured out a way to tap into the chip’s transmissions so as to have another channel to spy on the U.S. public themselves?)

China Used Secret Microchip to Spy on US Computers

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Defense found thousands of its computer servers sending military network data to China — the result of code hidden in chips that handled the machines’ startup process.

In 2014, Intel Corp. discovered that an elite Chinese hacking group breached its network through a single server that downloaded malware from a supplier’s update site.

And in 2015, the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned multiple companies that Chinese operatives had concealed an extra chip loaded with backdoor code in one manufacturer’s servers.

Each of these distinct attacks had two things in common: China and Super Micro Computer Inc., a computer hardware maker in San Jose, California. They shared one other trait; U.S. spymasters discovered the manipulations but kept them largely secret as they tried to counter each one and learn more about China’s capabilities.

China’s exploitation of products made by Supermicro, as the U.S. company is known, has been under federal scrutiny for much of the past decade, according to 14 former law enforcement and intelligence officials familiar with the matter. That included an FBI counterintelligence investigation that began around 2012, when agents started monitoring the communications of a small group of Supermicro workers, using warrants obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, according to five of the officials.

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Swalwell’s Chinese Spy Linked To Feinstein’s Chinese Spy, Check Out These Photos

(Tea Party 247) – If it sounded familiar to you that an elected official from California who served in Congress was colluding with a Chinese spy when Rep. Eric Swalwell got busted for his past relationships with one Fang Fang, that’s probably because it’s not even the first time.

A few years ago, it was revealed that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) had a Chinese spy for a driver and staffer for twenty years.

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White House confirms Russian government spies hacked the U.S. Treasury and Commerce Department and monitored staff emails for months

Hackers backed by the Russian government have been monitoring internal email traffic at the U.S. Treasury Department and the Department of Commerce for months, according to reports.

The hack involves the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s office software, Microsoft’s Office 365. Staff emails at the agency were monitored by the hackers for months, sources told Reuters.

National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot said: ‘The United States government is aware of these reports and we are taking all necessary steps to identify and remedy any possible issues related to this situation.’

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Shouldn’t be surprising to anyone who’s noticed all the ChiCom spies that have infiltrated the U.S., either working for, or sleeping with demoncrap members of our goobermint


LEAK CONFIRMED: Chinese Communists Have Infiltrated Top Companies, Governments In US, UK, Australia
Multiple media outlets confirm that potentially thousands of Chinese Communist Party members have infiltrated the West

Multiple top international news outlets confirm that a list of 1.95 million Chinese Communist Party members has been leaked, and in it are the names of potentially thousands of individuals who live and work in the West, including at major financial institutions, medical research and pharmaceutical companies, and foreign governments.
A document containing 1.95 million names of CCP members was provided to The Daily Mail in the United Kingdom, The Australian in Australia, De Standaard in Belgium, and a yet unnamed Swedish editor, who apparently has not published the story. Inside the list are potentially thousands of names of CCP members who have infiltrated top corporations and high levels of government across the West.

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Don’t forget that Feinstein’s driver for 20 years was a Chinese spy too.
Does it look more and more that the California caucus of politicians are just that stupid? Or, maybe it’s that they’re simply bought and paid for by the Chinese commies?


House Intel Republicans not told about Eric Swalwell’s relationship with Chinese spy.

House Intelligence Committee Republicans were surprised to learn this week that a member of their panel, Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell, was targeted by a suspected Chinese spy who slept with US politicians as a tactic to elicit information.

Swalwell, who represents a California district south of Oakland, received an FBI “defensive briefing” in 2015 on operative Fang Fang, but most if not all Republicans on the elite committee weren’t told that a colleague had been targeted by China.

Fang, also known as Christine Fang, returned to China in mid-2015 as US officials heightened their scrutiny of her string of honey-trap seductions. She reportedly fundraised for Swalwell’s 2014 re-election campaign before he joined the Intelligence Committee in 2015.

A congressional Republican source told The Post that Intelligence Committee Republicans had not been informed of the relationship.

Suspected Chinese spy Fang Fang, also known as Christine Fang, reportedly targeted Rep. Eric Swalwell.
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Why Did Chinese Spy Focus On Democrats?
I’ll take: “Because they know they’re the corrupt ones?” for $500


Exclusive: Suspected Chinese spy targeted California politicians

A suspected Chinese intelligence operative developed extensive ties with local and national politicians, including a U.S. congressman, in what U.S. officials believe was a political intelligence operation run by China’s main civilian spy agency between 2011 and 2015, Axios found in a yearlong investigation.

Why it matters: The alleged operation offers a rare window into how Beijing has tried to gain access to and influence U.S. political circles.

    • While this suspected operative’s activities appear to have ended during the Obama administration, concerns about Beijing’s influence operations have spanned President Trump’s time in office and will continue to be a core focus for U.S. counterintelligence during the Biden administration.

(yeah, right)

Montage of three images of Fang with Bay Area politicians
Clockwise from top left: Fang with then-Dublin City Councilmember Eric Swalwell at an October 2012 student event; undated photo of Fang, now former Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison and Rep. Judy Chu; Fang with then-Rep. Mike Honda and then-San Jose city Councilmember Ash Kalra at a March 2014 event at the Chinese Embassy in D.C. Sources: Renren, Facebook, Facebook

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Probably a plea bargain.


Former Harvard-affiliated researcher pleads guilty to lying about attempt to smuggle cancer research to China.

A former researcher for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston has pleaded guilty in federal court to lying to customs officers about smuggling cancer research to China.

In December 2019, Zaosong Zheng allegedly stole 21 vials of biological research and attempted to smuggle them out of the United States aboard a flight destined for China. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, customs officers found the vials hidden in a sock inside one of Zheng’s bags, without being properly stored.

Zheng initially lied to officers about the contents of his bags, but later admitted to stealing the vials from Beth Israel, which is affiliated with Harvard University.

Zheng was fired soon after his arrest.

“Zheng stated that he intended to bring the vials to China to use them to conduct research in his own laboratory and publish the results under his own name,” according to a statement from the DOJ following Zheng’s arrest.

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US Officially Severs Open Skies Treaty With Russia

The U.S. has officially withdrawn from the 1992 Open Skies Treaty, a pact with Russia that permitted unarmed, reconnaissance flights over each other’s territories.

Sunday was the deadline after a 6-month warning on withdrawal, according to State Department deputy spokesman Cale Brown.

“On May 22, 2020, the United States exercised its right pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article XV of the Treaty on Open Skies by providing notice to the Treaty Depositaries and to all States Parties of its decision to withdraw from the Treaty, effective six months from the notification date,” Brown’s statement read. “Six months having elapsed, the U.S. withdrawal took effect on Nov. 22, 2020, and the United States is no longer a State Party to the Treaty on Open Skies.”

The treaty was designed to permit surveillance of military installations around the world, but the Trump administration has warned Russia has not been holding up its end of the agreement anyway, leading to the announcement of intention to withdraw six months ago.

“While the United States, along with our Allies and partners that are States Parties to the treaty, have lived up to our commitments and obligations under the treaty, Russia has flagrantly and continuously violated the treaty in various ways for years,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a May statement, per Fox News. “This is not a story exclusive to just the treaty on Open Skies, unfortunately, for Russia has been a serial violator of many of its arms control obligations and commitments.” Continue reading “”