US Intel chair defends sounding alarms on Russia’s reported space nukes | Space

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The head of the House Intelligence Committee on Sunday defended his cryptic statement in Congress last week that led to alarming reports Russia wants to put nuclear weapons in space.

Panel Chairman Mike Turner (R-Ohio) said he first raised concerns about a “serious national security threat” because he was afraid the Biden administration is “sleepwalking into an international crisis.

“We need to make certain that we avert what could be an international crisis,” Turner told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Rep. Mike Turner’s statement about an unspecified “national security threat” last week led to reports about Russia’s alleged nuclear-space-weapons plan. JIM LO SCALZO/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock.

“My concern is that this is kind of like the Chinese spy balloon, and the administration is kind of hiding perhaps some inaction,” he said, referring to China’s intelligence-gathering apparatus that was discovered freely traveling over American military sites last year, a major security breach the White House reportedly hoped to keep from the public and even Congress.

“I think they are going to be taking it seriously,” Turner said of US officials and the latest worrisome revelation.

Although Turner did not publicly disclose the specifics of the alleged Russian nuclear-weapon plan to take out Western satellites, he revealed that his panel made information available to Congress about an unspecified “serious national security threat.”

Various leaks that subsequently ensued after his warning paved the way for the Biden administration to publicly confirm Turner’s remarks related to an “anti-satellite capability that Russia is developing.”

That weaponry, which a White House spokesman said is “not an active capability that’s been deployed,” involves a nuclear device that would theoretically be able to disrupt space satellites orbiting the Earth, CNN reported, citing three…

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