The leaked Pentagon documents reveal that there were more Chinese spy balloons than the Biden administration claimed.
How many more?
According to the New York Post's report on the matter, at least four more.
That is to say at least four Chinese spy balloons other than the Chinese spy balloon that President Joe Biden allowed to float across the United States - including over important military locations - before finally deciding to shoot it down over the Atlantic Ocean.
The Post, in its report, provides the details about the other four Chinese spy balloons.
The outlet reports:
One of the previously undisclosed balloons flew over a US carrier strike group in the Pacific . . . Another Chinese craft, code-named Bulger-21 by US officials, circumnavigated the Earth from December 2021 until May 2022 . . . A third balloon named Accardo-21 is mentioned in the documents and a fourth is referenced to have crashed in the South China Sea . . .
There are a couple of different things to point out here. One such thing, which is probably not of any real importance, is that U.S. intelligence has seemingly decided to name the balloons after notorious criminals, such as James "Whitey" Bulger.
But, far more important is that the naming convention would seem to suggest that there may have been even more than four additional balloons.
The Post writes, "a U.S. official told the outlet that the naming convention for such balloons is alphabetical, which suggests there may be even more incidents of Chinese spy balloons being identified."
This information about the Chinese spy balloons comes from the Pentagon documents that have recently been leaked.
Last week, it was reported by Fox News that the FBI identified the leaker as Massachusetts Air National Guardsman Jack Teixiera.
Teixeira - a 21-year-old who apparently had fairly high-security clearance - was arrested at his home in North Dighton, Massachusetts on Thursday. He, according to Fox, is facing the charges of "unauthorized retention and transmission of national defense information and the unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material."
Teixeira made his first court appearance on Friday. But, during that appearance, he did not enter a plea. It is unclear what is next.
This Chinese spy balloon information is only a small part of the classified government information that has been leaked by Teixeira. Other leaked documents, for example, reveal confidential information about the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.