Just days ago, a series of strange events began to unfold in the skies above North America, as a number of unidentified objects were detected and destroyed by US military aircraft.
One of the first of these unknown devices was detected by Canadian authorities who then called on the US to intercept the object over the Yukon – a mission that was ultimately successful.
For days, US and Canadian officials were rather tight-lipped about exactly what they encountered, but by Monday evening a few details were beginning to emerge.
The unidentified flying object shot down in Canadian airspace on Saturday appeared to be a “small, metallic balloon with a tethered payload below it,” according to a Pentagon memo sent to lawmakers on Monday and obtained by CNN.
The memo offers the first official details of one of the three objects shot down in recent days that was previously described as a “cylindrical object.” The object crossed near “US sensitive sites” before it was shot down, the memo said.
Defense officials also wrote in the memo to lawmakers that the object shot down over Lake Huron, in Michigan on Sunday, “subsequently slowly descended” into the water after impact.
The Chinese spy balloon that was destroyed days earlier bore little resemblance to the Canadian object.
“These objects did not closely resemble and were much smaller than the PRC balloon and we will not definitively characterize them until we can recover the debris, which we are working on,” a National Security Council spokesperson said.
The memo said that the object shot down over Alaska on Friday was the “size of a small car” and not similar to the Chinese balloon shot off the coast of South Carolina.
“We have no further details about the object at this time, including the full scope of its capabilities, its purpose, or its origin,” the Pentagon memo states.
The Biden administration has been harshly criticized for their lack of transparency regarding these incidents, and this small trickle of new information certainly isn’t going to do much to rectify the situation.