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Suspected Chinese spy balloon reaches Kansas: GOP Sen. Marshall

"President Biden must protect the sovereignty of the U.S. whether it’s our airspace or the southern border."

Published: February 3, 2023 4:05pm

Updated: February 3, 2023 4:16pm

The suspected Chinese spy balloon is has now reached Kansas and Nebraska, according to Republican Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall.

"I can confirm the Chinese spy ballon [sic] is over NE KS. My staff is in contact with law enforcement officials," the lawmaker tweeted on Friday. "I condemn any attempts the Chinese make to spy on Americans. President Biden must protect the sovereignty of the U.S. whether it’s our airspace or the southern border."

It is unclear from Marshall's statement whether the balloon has entered Kansas airspace.

The balloon entered the U.S. via the Aleutian Islands chain of Alaska, before entering Canada and reentering U.S. territory in the skies over Montana, officials confirmed Thursday.

For the balloon to have reached Nebraska or Kansas, it likely first passed through either Wyoming or South Dakota. The Pentagon has declined to update the public in real time on the location of the balloon.

In a heated exchange, a Pentagon spokesman declined on Friday to specify the balloon's exact location. When a reporter pressed him on the public's right to know the location of the balloon, the spokesman indicated that "the public certainly has the ability to look up in the sky and see where the balloon is."

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