Germany-U.S. Secret Spy Project DeniedJanuary 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Posted in Remote Sensing Law Current Events | Leave a comment
by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the blog faculty
Source: Huffington Post
BERLIN — Germany’s aerospace center denied Monday that it is working with the U.S. on a $270 million high-tech secret spy program, insisting that its plans for a high-resolution optical satellite have purely scientific and security uses.
U.S. State Department cables obtained by WikiLeaks and revealed by Norwegian daily Aftenposten say Germany joined a partnership with the U.S. to create a satellite spying program that was presented as a commercial enterprise, but is actually run by the German intelligence service and the German Aerospace Center, DLR.
German Aerospace Center spokesman Andreas Schuetz said that such a project for a high-resolution optical satellite has been in discussion for the past two years under the name HIROS. More…