Possible Chinese Spy Balloon Spotted
It was said to be traveling at an altitude far above commercial air traffic and did not present a military or physical threat to people on the ground.
The U.S. is tracking a suspected Chinese spy balloon.
The U.S. government has been tracking the high-altitude surveillance balloon for a few days as it flew over the Northern part of the country. It was said to be traveling at an altitude far above commercial air traffic and did not present a military or physical threat to people on the ground.
President Biden was advised not to shoot it down due to the possibility that debris could put the safety of people below at risk. The balloon is nearly the size of three busses.
The current path of the balloon shows that it is traveling over several sensitive sites but does not appear to be gathering important intelligence. The government is currently monitoring the balloon and its abilities to gain insight.
The U.S. thinks the Chinese spy satellites in low Earth orbit are able to offer similar intelligence but the value is limited given that it is at such a high altitude.
U.S. Secretary Antony Blinken has postponed his upcoming trip to China in response to the suspected Chinese spy balloon.