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U.S. Official: North Korea likely deceived U.S., allies before launching rocket

 
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U.S. Official: North Korea likely deceived U.S., allies before launching rocket
North Korea likely engaged in a deliberate campaign of deception before a December 12 long-range missile launch, catching the United States and its Asian allies "off guard," according to a U.S. official with direct knowledge of analysis of the incident conducted by U.S. military and intelligence agencies.

The official told CNN that American and Japanese military ships and missile defenses were fully operational and protecting land, sea and airspace on December 12, but that the launch was a surprise when it actually happened.

"We had our dukes up, operationally, but we were caught off guard," the official said.

"The clues point to a concerted effort to deceive us," the official said. The analysis was ordered in the wake of the launch to determine what exactly happened and how much the U.S. intelligence knew at the time.

The official said one conclusion was that while missile defenses can fully protect against a North Korean attack, the North Koreans have shown they can counter U.S. measures to gather intelligence about what they are up to.

"Look, they know when our satellites are passing overhead," the official said. It's believed the North Koreans essentially manipulated the launch so U.S. intelligence satellites simply would not be overhead and able to see what was happening.

[link to security.blogs.cnn.com]
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Re: U.S. Official: North Korea likely deceived U.S., allies before launching rocket
um...DUHHH!! have we not learned from the mistakes of the past? goodness our leaders are just dumb
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Something doesn't seem right about this. The US military has launched so many satellites and yet there are times where they don't have a view of NK?
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Re: U.S. Official: North Korea likely deceived U.S., allies before launching rocket
is it in the US governments interest to protect it's citizens from attack?

Answer: NO

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