The Pentagon has a “very high confidence” that the balloon originates from China. The military has taken measures to conceal any sensitive information that could be spotted from the balloon. The balloon is said to be traveling at a high altitude and does not pose a military or physical threat to people on the ground. The Pentagon assessed that the balloon’s surveillance payload is not adding significant value over what China can already collect from satellites.
The Pentagon has taken additional mitigation steps and has communicated the seriousness of the issue to China.