Dusseldorf One espionage, three false alarms? The US intelligence services are said to be assuming that three of the four aircraft shot down over North America are of civilian origin.
It “might just be balloons that have a commercial or benign purpose,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday. That is currently the main thesis.
The mysterious flying objects have been causing a stir for days. In early February, a suspected Chinese spy balloon was transiting the United States before being shot down by the US Air Force off the coast of South Carolina. Less than a week later, three more previously unidentified objects were spotted over the US and Canada and brought down by fighter jets.