In A Failed Attempt To Taunt Iran, Trump May Have Given Away Top Military Secrets
Donald Trump is an idiot. And I don’t mean that lightly. This is a man that will put his country at risk just to boost his ego in any way possible.
This was the case on Friday when he tweeted out a photograph of an intelligence briefing that could have exposed US military secrets to the world while taunting Iran.
Iran on Thursday suffered a failure of a satellite launch vehicle that blew up on the ground. Immediately after the test, commercial satellites photographed the wreckage and sold the images to civilian analysts.
But Trump tried to one-up Iran by sharing his own photo of the incident that looks like it was snapped from a large print out of a very detailed close up of the launch. The notations and presentation of the image suggest it likely comes from US intelligence services, possibly in a briefing for the president.
In releasing the high-res image, Trump noted Iran had suffered a “catastrophic accident,” adding: “I wish Iran best wishes and good luck in determining what happened at Site One.”
The United States of America was not involved in the catastrophic accident during final launch preparations for the Safir SLV Launch at Semnan Launch Site One in Iran. I wish Iran best wishes and good luck in determining what happened at Site One. pic.twitter.com/z0iDj2L0Y3
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2019
Images shared on Wednesday were much more distant and less detailed.
So Trump’s photo revealed either that the US has fantastic satellite photography capabilities, far beyond what Iran, or even US civilians can get their hands on, or that the US had a drone close enough to take pictures.
The question is: Is Trump dumb enough to tweet out a photo that would expose his own military?
Yes, the answer is yes he is.
The launch took place at the Imam Khomeini Space Center North West of Tehran. This location is more than 120 miles from Iran’s nearest border. If a drone took the photo, it was either flying over Iranian airspace undetected or somehow able to take a great picture from 120 miles away.
Both of those situations involving drone photography would be big news.
“I think I just got flexed on by the president,” David Schmerler, a leading expert on open source imagery analysis, told Business Insider of the image. Schmerler had spent hours the night before analyzing the widely available pictures of the failed launch, but was blown away by the quality of Trump’s image.
“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” he said. “I know that [the US military has] amazing capabilities, but I don’t know what this is.”