U.S. intelligence officials say the downed Chinese spy balloon is part of an extensive surveillance program run by the Chinese military, according to multiple American officials familiar with the intelligence.
Officials told CNN that the surveillance program run from the Chinese province of Hainan has conducted at least two dozen missions over at least five continents in recent years.
About half a dozen of those flights have been within U.S. airspace, although not necessarily over U.S. territory, an official told CNN.
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