We’re closely following reports of the alleged Chinese spy balloon first spotted in Montana.
However, it appears another alleged Chinese spy balloon has been identified in the Western hemisphere.
The latest balloon was spotted floating in Latin America.
It was allegedly seen in Costa Rica on Friday.
We see it this one yesterday in Costa Rica pic.twitter.com/6PYQNtjI8q
— Biriba (@Astro_Luk) February 4, 2023
“We are seeing reports of a balloon transiting Latin America. We now assess it is another Chinese surveillance balloon,” press secretary Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder said in a statement to CNN.
Joe Biden has just given the “okay” for Chinese spy balloons to fly all over our nation.
Now there’s one flying over Latin America, too.
Have we ever looked weaker?
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) February 4, 2023
BREAKING: US confirms second Chinese balloon floating in sky https://t.co/VsvPP3PHaM
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 4, 2023
Just a reminder, intelligence officials previously said that high-altitude balloons can be used as a “delivery platform” for “secret nuclear strikes” or a test trial for an EMP bomb.
NEW: Pentagon says a 2nd Chinese spy balloon is “transiting Latin America”
Some theorize that these balloons are *not* for surveying nuke sites but a test trial for an EMP bomb.
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) February 4, 2023
High-Altitude Balloons Considered Key “Delivery Platform” For Secret Nuclear Strikes, Intelligence Officials Say
A U.S. official told CNN that the surveillance balloon in Latin America does not appear to be heading toward the United States.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden has refused to shoot down the surveillance balloon floating across the continental United States.
The administration has allowed it to transition through America’s Heartland to the Southeast United States.
JUST IN: Pilots are now reporting the Chinese spy balloon floating a few thousand feet above them.
“DERELICT BALLOON ADRIFT” at 50,000 feet was just reported by the crew of a Cessna Citation private jet cruising at 43,000 feet near Kansas City. pic.twitter.com/xuOBY8xt7U
— Pete Muntean (@petemuntean) February 3, 2023
Chinese spy balloon in #Greer South #Carolina this morning. #ChineseSpyBallon #GreerSC #GreerSouthCarolina #ChineseBalloon #Balloon pic.twitter.com/mpmQOVQp7l
— CBKNEWS (@CBKNEWS121) February 4, 2023
15-20 military aircraft have flown over my house in the last hour in SE Tennessee.#ChineseSpyBallon pic.twitter.com/wMAATVbJAZ
— D Scott Farley 🇺🇸🍊✝️ (@dscottrn) February 4, 2023
The Biden administration claimed the threat of falling debris as their reason for not shooting down the balloon.
However, they knew about the balloon for days and allowed it to transition through American airspace.
Biden administration tried to hide Chinese spy balloon from American public https://t.co/KAbO2HpY9S pic.twitter.com/QgjNMI7Y9R
— New York Post (@nypost) February 4, 2023
“It’s an outrage that the Biden Administration spotted this balloon days ago as it was flying over the Aleutian Islands and did nothing about it,” said Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY).
“The president has not even made a comment about this unacceptable act of aggression by the CCP.”
It appears the Chinese surveillance balloon is now in the Carolinas.
Airports have been impacted in multiple cities across South Carolina and North Carolina.
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a ground stop for three airports in the Carolinas as a suspected Chinese spy balloon drifts through the area, a spokesperson confirmed in a statement.
The administration also restricted airspace near Myrtle Beach between 12:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. ET. for “national defense airspace.”
The affected airports are in Wilmington, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Stay tuned for additional updates!