On Wednesday morning, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) released a statement warning that a “serious national security threat” is facing the United States and that information regarding it has been made available to all sitting members of Congress. Further information pertaining to the threat is awaiting declassification so the matter can be discussed openly with allies, he added.

In Turner’s letter to Congress, he said the matter is in “regard to a destabilizing foreign military capability.” A government official told CNN that the threat is related to Russia, but Chairman Turner and the Biden administration have yet to provide details. Multiple sources said the intelligence is “very sensitive.” A source that claims to have reviewed the information told CNN “it is, in fact, a highly concern and destabilizing [Russian capability] that we were recently made aware of.”

One source said the threat is “not unrelated” to matters addressed by the foreign aid spending package being debated in the House, but said they are not “directly tied.”

Later in the day, a reporter asked National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan if he could provide any comment. “That question is impossible to answer with a straight yes,” he replied.

He added that a public statement was scheduled to be released Thursday, and expressed surprise that Chairman Turner decided to make an early statement today. He added that the Biden administration has “gone further” in “more creative ways” to declassify information than any other administration, and claimed it is doing everything in its power to ensure the safety of the American people.

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“I’m not in a position to say anything further from this podium at this time,” he told the press. “Turner has gone out publicly. I’m going to go see Turner tomorrow. That’s where I want to leave things for today.” More is to come Thursday after their meeting.

Sullivan added that he personally reached out to the “Gang of Eight” (or the eight Congress members who are briefed on classified intelligence by the executive branch)—something that is “highly unusual” for a National Security Advisor to do, in his understanding.

However, House Speaker Mike Johnson said there is no reason for concern. “I want to assure the American people there is no need for public alarm,” Johnson said. “We are going to work together to address this matter, as we do all sensitive matters that are classified and beyond that, I’m not at liberty to disclose classified information and really can’t say much more, but we just want to assure everyone steady hands are at the wheel, we’re working on it, and there’s no need for alarm.”

The briefing on Thursday is expected to only include Representatives, as the Senate is currently on a two-week recess.

Rumors are circulating on social media that the intelligence concerns technology that can disable US satellites and other assets in space.


Shane Devine is a writer covering politics, economics, and culture for Valuetainment. Follow Shane on X (Twitter).

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