U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan released a statement following a May 31 USA Today report about attempts by Chinese spies – disguised as tourists – to breach military installations in Alaska.

“Whether it’s a Chinese spy balloon, Russian Bear Bombers, or this new reporting of suspected Chinese spies in Alaska, this is another wake-up call that we are in a new era of authoritarian aggression led by dictators in China and Russia,” Sullivan said. “It’s also another example of just how important Alaska is for America’s national defense. In my oversight role, I am pressing for more details on these alleged security breaches and will continue to work with the Defense Department to ensure our installations in Alaska remain secure.”

According to the USA Today report, suspected Chinses spies have made multiple attempts in recent years to enter Alaska military facilities.

Citing unnamed military soldiers, USA Today notes that one incident involved a vehicle with Chinese citizens who drove through a security checkpoint at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks. After stopping the vehicle, an inspection found a drone inside. The occupants claimed they were lost tourists.

“Many of the encounters have been chalked up to innocent mistakes by foreign visitors intent on viewing the northern lights and other attractions in Alaska,” USA Today reported. “Other attempts to enter U.S. military bases, however, seem to be probes to learn about U.S. military capabilities in Alaska, according to multiple soldiers familiar with the incidents but who were not authorized to speak publicly about them.”

David Deptula, a retired three-star Air Force general, told USA Today that a primary concern about these intrusions entails what spies leave behind, namely sensors that might pick up sensitive communications.

Alaska contains three large U.S. military bases – Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, and Fort Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks – along with several smaller sites.

“Once regarded as a backwater in the military, Alaska has seen the Pentagon increasingly funnel resources and troops to the state in recent years as competition in the Arctic heats up,” USA Today reported. “The state is also seen as key to homeland defense given its proximity to Russia, the ballistic missile threat from North Korea and, increasingly, China.”

The now notorious Chinese spy balloon that drifted over America last year was first spotted in U.S. airspace over Alaska. Equipped with sophisticated sensors, the balloon was eventually shot down near South Carolina, but not before flying over multiple U.S. military instillations.

Sen. Sullivan says report of Chinese spies disguised as Alaska tourists is a wake-up call

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Distraction? All of the Chinese “tourists” with their cameras taking a bazillion photos not suspicious? Lol Always.
    Interesting that Sullivan is pushing this right now. What else is going on right now that we are not supposed to be paying attention to?

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    We need to be afraid or make our enemies be afraid of us.
    I think we’re the ones afraid now. USA is becoming a woke weak country.
    I’m still a proud American

  • Lucinda says:

    What would Trump say?: “ total witch hunt, Chinese hoax”

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Why would you bring up a past president? Why not ask what the current person in the White House would say?

    • StopTheMadnesz says:

      Trump wouldn’t need to say anything. If he had been sworn into office after winning the last presidential election, these things wouldn’t be happening.

      China Joe’s interests are decidedly not American.

      • Lucinda says:

        Do you have any EVIDENCE that Trump won the election? Any? Just one little bit?

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Lucinda, do you have any proof that Sleepy Pedo Pete actually got more votes then President Trump? Any? Just one little bit?

    • John H Slone says:

      Hardly, Trump was instrumental in securing the latest fighter squadrons were assigned to Eilson AFB during his presidency and has always been a strong advocate for a strong defensive posture in Alaska!!

  • George says:

    Some Chinese “tourists” tried to drive through a security gate at Los Alamos National Laboratory a few years ago. Just testing the gate I suppose. Of course now if they want any national secrets they just enlarge a democrat’s bank account.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      I thought some tried to drive through one of the gates going onto base in Anchorage just a couple of days ago?

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    I have been thinking about this: WHY would Sullivan be expressing his concern about Chinese spies to Alaskans? Why isn’t this being kept on the down-low and investigated by the military, LEO, or whoever? IS anyone investigating this? Why again is Sullivan telling Alaskans this concerns? I still say that this is all part of a bigger plan. They have got to make Alaskans afraid and get Alaskans to beg for military protection and then they would have the perfect scenario to lock us down Martial Law-style. There certainly could be spies and there certainly could be Chinese military or Antifa here also. Remember the times we are in. President Trump said that things were going to get very scary. No one should let their guard down. Be ready to protect your home and family at all times.

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