After a bit of a dust-up last night when a Chinese high-altitude balloon was discovered over the continental United States (near a military installation equipped with ICBMs, no less), China has released an official statement claiming that this was not a surveillance balloon, but rather a weather balloon that simply drifted off course.
Here is one video:
More video is coming out as
The Chinese high altitude surveillance balloon was seen over Billings Montana yesterday.
The size of balloon is three buses wide and has been flying over the Northern U.S. for days pic.twitter.com/4iUVvJQCG8
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) February 2, 2023
It will be interesting to hear from the Pentagon again, after they attempted to reassure the public last night that it was just your run-of-the-mill surveillance balloon that was probably nothing out of the ordinary.
2/2/2023 — Today it came to light that a suspected Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon has been hovering over the northwestern part of the U.S. for several days. NBC initially reported:
The high-altitude balloon was spotted over Billings, Montana, on Wednesday. It flew over the Aleutian Islands, through Canada, and into Montana. A senior defense official said the balloon is still over the U.S. but declined to say where it is now.
Just one hour ago the Defense Department finally released an official statement on the matter, as well as a Q&A with media that can be read in full below. Officials made it clear that the balloon will not be shot down, but it remains under real-time surveillance.