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Chinese spy balloon spotted over the US

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Published: 10:43, 3 February 2023   Update: 11:15, 3 February 2023
Chinese spy balloon spotted over the US

A Chinese spy balloon has been spotted over the United States that appeared to be surveilling highly sensitive nuclear weapons sites.

The Pentagon said on Thursday it was tracking the Chinese spy balloon flying high.

At President Joe Biden's request, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and top military officials considered shooting the balloon down but decided doing so would endanger too many people on the ground, a senior defense official told reporters.

The official said the balloon flew over the US northwest where there are sensitive airbases and strategic missiles in silos underground. .

But the Pentagon did not believe it constitutes a particularly dangerous intelligence threat.

“We assess that this balloon has limited additive value from an intelligence collection perspective,” the official said.

The balloon entered US airspace ‘a couple days ago,’ the official said, adding that US intelligence had been tracking it well before that.