An (Unidentified Flying) Object Lesson

Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council John Kirby speaks at the White House. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.S. officials still don’t seem to know much about the three objects recently shot down over American and Canadian airspace. 

That’s why National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has been tasked with reviewing the “detection, analysis, and disposition of unidentified aerial objects that pose either safety or security risks,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters at the White House this week.

But the way the Biden administration is handling the information it does have about the objects—downed a week after American fighter jets shot down a Chinese spy balloon—has raised another set of questions. 

What does the government know?

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