No stranger to controversial, loosely-sourced remarks, presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann said on Friday that China has attacked American satellites using laser beams.According to Politico, Bachmann said in an interview with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham that China helped North Korea deliver missiles to Pakistan and Iran, assisted Iran in developing its nuclear program, and launched a laser attack against American satellites.
“They’ve also been engaged in industrial espionage against the West as well,” Bachmann said. “And they actively have engaged in cyber attacks both on our military and on our commercial companies.”
Bachmann prefaced her claims by noting that she’s a member of the House Intelligence Committee, and is therefore privy to top secret information. However, she did not cite a source for her laser claim except to say that it came from a document she’d seen.
Earlier this month, Bachmann claimed that the HPV vaccine can cause mental retardation. That claim, based solely on the anecdotal testimony of one mother Bachmann spoke to, was quickly debunked.
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