A source familiar with the matter told CNN that the Chinese spy balloon shot down by the US earlier this year was able to capture imagery and collect some signals from the US military sites. The source also said that the balloon was able to transmit information back to Beijing in real time.
Even though the balloon was not as sophisticated as Chinese satellites, the FBI is still examining the suspected spy balloon. The US officials from FBI are currently gleaning details about how the balloon worked, including the algorithm, software, design and power.
NBC was the first to report the intelligence.
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