Colombia Releases More Details About Second Chinese Spy Balloon Flying Over Latin America


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The Colombian Air Force has released additional information about a second suspected Chinese high-altitude spy balloon, seen flying over parts of Latin America.

A balloon at an altitude of 55,000 feet was detected on February 3 traveling at about 25 knots in northern Colombia, they said in a statement.

Unlike the balloon that traveled across the US, Colombian authorities said it was not shot down because it was not considered a “national security threat.” Instead, they followed it out of national airspace.

The United States Department of Defense confirmed on Friday the existence of a second balloon that would have flown over Costa Rica, Colombia and Venezuela in an easterly direction.

“We are seeing reports of a balloon transiting Latin America,” Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder said a day after the first craft was sighted in the United States. “We now assess that it is another Chinese surveillance balloon.”


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