(DCWatchdog.com) – BREAKING NOW: NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) confirmed the detection of a “high-altitude airborne object” over northern Canada on Saturday.
The news was first reported by Global News, which cited three security sources, suggesting that NORAD was monitoring one or two more objects that could be additional spy balloons.
NORAD quickly confirmed the detection in a statement and mentioned that military aircraft from Alaska and Canada were operating in support of the defense of North America.
A week ago, the U.S. shot down a Chinese surveillance balloon that had entered Canadian airspace and the northwestern U.S. before being shot down over the Atlantic Ocean.
The incident prompted a press conference between Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in Washington on Friday, where Anand explained why Canada did not intercept the first balloon.
China has been accused of using surveillance balloons to spy on countries worldwide for several years, according to the Associated Press.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that his government has briefed dozens of countries about the Chinese balloon program.
However, Beijing claims that the balloon shot down over the U.S. last week was conducting meteorological research and that it was a civilian aircraft, a claim that the U.S. rejects.
The U.S. is now collecting pieces of the Chinese spy balloon and will examine its payload to understand what it was surveilling. Some pieces have already arrived at the FBI’s headquarters in Quantico, Virginia.
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— Globalnews.ca (@globalnews) February 11, 2023