US faces serious national security threat, Top Republican says

Turner urged President Biden to declassify information to the congress in order to mitigate the public panic.

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US faces serious national security threat
Republican congressman Mike Turner. Pic: Reuters

WASHINGTON, Feb 15: The chairman of the powerful House Intelligence Committee Mike Turner has said that the US is facing “serious national threat”.

Turner urged President Biden to declassify information to the congress in order to mitigate the public panic.

The White House said the threat was not imminent and the congressional leaders will be briefed this week.

US faces serious national security threat

ABC News and the New York Times cited unnamed sources who suggest that the security threat Turner was referring to was Russia’s potential deployment of a nuclear anti-satellite weapon in orbit.

The New York Times said US allies had also been briefed on the intelligence, which was not deemed to represent an urgent threat, as the alleged Russian capability was still in progress.

Daryl Kimball, the head of the Arms Control Association, said a nuclear anti-satellite missile made little sense.

He said “You don’t need a nuclear weapon to blow up a satellite in orbit”.

US House Speaker Mike Johnson said there is no need to panic as the threat was not urgent.

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