|A Google Earth photo of a Los Angeles home.|
Just in time for the election
- Using Google Earth I can look in my neighbor's back yard. Military satellites are even better.
- So why on earth would you send a U.S. plane into the Russian lake of the Black Sea to "spy"? Comrade Obama was trying hard to create an October Surprise just in time for the election.
(Reuters) - A Russian fighter jet carried out an "unsafe and unprofessional" intercept of a U.S. spy plane flying a regular patrol over the Black Sea, coming within 10 feet (3.05 meters) of the American aircraft, two U.S. defense officials told Reuters on Wednesday.
The incident comes at a time of increased tensions between the United States and Russia, who are on opposing sides of the Syrian civil war.
One official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the incident lasted about 19 minutes and the Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter came within 10 feet of the U.S. Navy P-8 surveillance plane.
"They're up there for 12 hours and there are lots of interactions. But only one of the incidents was what the pilot determined was unsafe," said another official, who was not authorized to speak publicly.
Officials were now talking with the pilot and reviewing the incident to determine whether it would be included in the annual meeting of U.S. and Russian officials about more serious intercepts, the official added.
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