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How Online Clues Located North Korea's Missile-Launcher Factories 71

itwbennett writes "It all started with a parade through Pyongyang on April 15, 2012, held to commemorate the birthday of the country's founder, Kim Il Sung. At this parade, one thing had analysts buzzing: six mobile launchers carrying KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missiles. Bloggers in China quickly noted the similarities between the trucks and those used by the Chinese military, right down to the shape of the windows and the grille pattern. It's the stuff of spy thrillers. A few seconds of video, literature, a couple of memoirs and Google Earth helped locate a secret North Korean military plant — and using none of the classified tools of the intelligence trade."
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How Online Clues Located North Korea's Missile-Launcher Factories

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  • Oh, really? (Score:5, Informative)

    by CrimsonAvenger (580665) on Tuesday February 11, 2014 @12:36PM (#46219183)

    carrying KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missiles

    Last I checked, those KN-08 ICBM's were mock-ups, not real missiles.

    Note that apparently the KN-08 is a liquid-fueled ICBM, which means it is completely useless for defensive purposes (you don't store liquid fueled missiles fueled-up, you fuel them just before launch - which would take too long to allow them to be used to react to an attack), and only really useful for a first strike.

  • by Technician (215283) on Tuesday February 11, 2014 @12:37PM (#46219198)

    This is called Overt Intelligence. Covert is spying on the hidden. Overt is gathering public info.

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