Pentagon spokesman Air Force Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder told reporters at a briefing Friday that the China spy balloon flying over the United States is a “maneuverable craft” but refused to say whether China is controlling the balloon’s movements or how the balloon is moving.
Screen image of Chinese spy balloon via KSVI-TV.
“We know this is a Chinese balloon and has the ability to maneuver.”
When asked who was controlling the balloon, Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder simply confirms the balloon is Chinese.@OANN pic.twitter.com/FbeejFnVFh
— Daniel Baldwin (@baldwin_daniel_) February 3, 2023
Ryder also said the balloon was moving eastward over the center of the continental United States, confirming TGP’s report, but refused to say specifically where the balloon is, arrogantly telling concerned Americans they can go look up in the sky for the balloon.
When a reporter asks if the public has the right to know where the Chinese spy balloon is, the Pentagon spokesman says "the public certainly has the ability to look up in the sky" pic.twitter.com/0QOTJ4HJMj
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) February 3, 2023
A computer model forecast shows where concerned Americans can look for the spy balloon:
Americans will have a few days to look out for the spy balloon:
Pentagon says Chinese Spy Balloon will hover over the continental United States "for a few days." pic.twitter.com/yWCzBR35KU
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) February 3, 2023
Ryder said the balloon has a large surveillance payload, but is not a ‘military or physical threat’ to the American people, but would have a large debris field.
More Biden Defense Department statements on the Chinese spy balloon can found at this DOD link.