U.S. and China Shot Down American Satellites, WikiLeaks Claims

February 3, 2011

(ChattahBox U.S. News)—Americans who believed that President Reagan’s “Star Wars” program was abandoned in the 1980s may not be completely accurate. In 2007, China shot down an American weather satellite 530 miles above Earth, and the following year, the U.S. shot down its own malfunctioning satellite, showing China that it wasn’t the only country with that capability, the UK Telegraph reports.

The Telegraph’s report is based on newly-leaked WikiLeaks cables, which show that although the U.S. said in 2008 that it struck down the American satellite because it was malfunctioning, the real reason was military in nature. Just a month after the strike, the American Embassy in China “received direct confirmation of the results of the anti-satellite test” from U.S. Military command in the Pacific, a WikiLeaks cable shows.

A Pentagon spokesman said yesterday that the leaked WikiLeaks cables don’t tell the whole story, saying that the 2008 exercise was not an anti-satellite test, but instead was performed to shoot down the satellite so that its faulty hydrazine fuel tank did not harm life on the ground, the Telegraph reports.


Comments

2 Responses to “U.S. and China Shot Down American Satellites, WikiLeaks Claims”

  1. jim oberg on February 3rd, 2011 11:46 am

    First attempt rejected as being ‘too spammy’??? Apparently because I posted URLs of material refuting errors in your original post.

    Actually, my own investigation persuaded me that the safety motivation for the USA-193 hit was authentic and that the media lemmings stampeded off to the left out of ignorant instinct, not intellect. See here:

    Down in Flames — Media ‘Space Experts’ Flub the Shoot-Down Story
    w w w dot thenewatlantis dot com slash publications slash down-in-flames

    and others not included to duck the spammy filer…

  2. Kev on February 4th, 2011 11:09 am

    WAIT – the only satellite the Chinese took out was an old CHINESE weather satellite.

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