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.