The strange and unpersuasive narrative on the Chinese spy balloon.
The revelation of the Chinese spy balloon presently over Montana has spurred a strange flurry of, well, related revelations. For example, this isn’t the first of its kind over the continental United States.
It isn’t the first of its kind over other parts of the United States, either.
It seems fairly clear that this is a known PRC surveillance platform, witnessed many times within American airspace. It is a matter of public attention now only because it was spotted over Montana by civilian observers, and was obviously something unusual.
Several elements of the narrative here don’t quite add up.