In this picture taken on May 11, 2017, a drone flies in the showroom of the DJI headquarters in Shenzhen.
China drone-maker DJI is betting on flying machines that shoot pesticide instead of photos to fend off growing competition in the global remote-controlled aircraft market. The world leader in the civilian drones sector is switching its focus from leisure photography to more professional uses for its unmanned aerial vehicles, and it sees agriculture as the future for the burgeoning industry. / AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI / TO GO WITH China-US-technology-drones, FOCUS by Julien GIRAULT (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
A memo from the Los Angeles office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau (ICE) has been making the rounds and it states some pretty bold claims about drone-maker DJI. The memo, which was apparently issued in August, says that the officials assess “with moderate confidence that Chinese-based company DJI Science and Technology is providing US critical infrastructure and law enforcement data to the Chinese government.” The LA ICE office also says that the information is based on, “open source reporting and a reliable source within the unmanned aerial systems industry with first and secondhand access.” (read more)