Another Chinese spy balloon spotted Pentagon says

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Another Chinese spy balloon is currently making its way over Latin America, Pentagon officials said Friday night.

“We are seeing reports of a balloon transiting Latin America. We now assess it is another Chinese surveillance balloon,” Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said in a statement.

No additional information about the balloon or its location was available, he said.

The report of a second balloon comes after Pentagon officials announced Thursday that a high-altitude balloon had been spotted flying over sensitive sites in the western US to collect information.

A senior Pentagon official said the US is “confident” that the aircraft is from China.

President Biden was reportedly briefed on the matter and asked for military options. Fighter jets — including F-22s — were prepared to shoot down the balloon, but Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has so far advised against it to prevent debris from potentially causing destruction and casualties on the ground.

On Thursday the balloon was seen over 60,000 feet above Montana — home to one of America’s three nuclear missile silo fields at Malmstrom Air Force Base. The balloon continued to make its way east and on Friday it was spotted over Kansas City, Missouri.

“While we won’t get into specifics in regards to the exact location, I can tell you that the balloon continues to move eastward and is currently over the center of the continental United States,” Ryder said Friday, adding that the balloon will likely be over US airspace for “a few days.”... (Read more)

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