Did Russian President Vladimir Putin just threaten to release secret satellite evidence of US government’s involvement in the 9/11 attacks?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Putin Just Threatened To Release 9/11 Satellite Evidence!
People are sharing links to a Pravda news report that Russian President Vladimir Putin just threatened to release secret satellite evidence of US government involvement in the 9/11 attacks!
Apparently, this threat was in retaliation for US sanctions against Russia for the invasion of Ukraine, Putin is apparently striking back.
It’s a long article, so please skip to the next section for the facts…
Truth : Putin Did Not Threaten To Release 9/11 Satellite Evidence!
This is yet another example of pro-Russia FAKE NEWS that are spamming social media, as well as WhatsApp and Telegram groups. Here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : This Was From February 2015
This article was actually posted in February 2015. This was specifically mentioned in all the 2015 examples :
The fake news creator removed that section, to mislead you into thinking that this was a new threat by Putin in 2022.
Fact #2 : There Is No Such Pravda Article
There is no evidence that Pravda actually published such an article on 7 February 2015.
On that day, Pravda published four articles, none of which referred to Putin, or satellite imagery, or the 9/11 attacks.
- The crisis will retrain office workers
Кризис переучит офисный планктон
- 10 best gifts for Valentine’s Day
10 лучших подарков на День святого Валентина
- Sofa troops of Ukraine raised the white flag
Диванные войска Украины подняли белый флаг
- February 8: The verdict of Giordano Bruno, the fatal duel and how the war ended
8 февраля: Приговор Джордано Бруно, роковая дуэль и как войну замолчали
If you go through the Pravda archives, three days before and after 7 February, you will only find a single article on the September 11 attacks :
- Obama blackmails Congress with new 9/11
Обама шантажирует конгресс новым 11 сентября
Fact #3 : Russia Did Not Release Any Evidence Of 9/11 Conspiracy
It may seem silly to you now, but it has to be said – Russia never released any evidence of any conspiracy by the US government in the September 11 attacks.
No satellite imagery… no documents… no evidence in any form or manner, since this claim was made in 2015 – seven years ago!
Fact #4 : Russian Satellites Were Terrible In 2001
It would also be quite a feat for Russia to provide “conclusive satellite imagery” as the fake story alleges, as Russian electro-optical satellites were not quite “state-of-the-art” back in 2001.
At that time, they used the Yantar-4KS1M (Neman / Неман) satellite, which had a resolution of just under a meter using the Zhemchug-18 camera.
These satellites have a limited lifespan of just 26 to 32 weeks, and used film which could be returned using two small canisters mid-mission, and a larger reentry module at the end.
Russia only had one in operation at that time – Cosmos 2377, which was launched on 29 May 2001, and landed on 10 October 2001.
Cosmos 2377 could plausibly have taken photos of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, but the images would only be as good as the Maxar IKONOS commercial imaging satellite.
Fact #5 : There Are Many Satellite Images Of 9/11 Attack
Frankly, there is no need for the Russians to share their satellite photos anyway, because there are many publicly-available satellite photos on the September 11 attacks.
The private satellite imaging company, Maxar, for example, shared this high-resolution photo of ground zero at the World Trade Center on 15 September, 2001.
Taken by IKONOS, which had a resolution of 0.82 to 1 metre, it gives you a good idea of the image quality and resolution that are already available for free to the public.
So it begs the question – do the Russians really have better images than that?
Fact #6 : Satellites Have Limitations
Despite being extremely useful, imaging satellites not magical instruments. They have limitations in what they can and cannot do.
For example, they have to generally stay in a pre-determined orbit, and “fly through” an area – leaving large gaps during which there is no coverage.
They also cannot look inside or under solid objects – planes, buildings, trees; and their view can be obscured by smoke and clouds, unless they have multi-spectral ability.
You can see how the smoke obscures the picture in this Maxar image taken of the Manhattan financial district on September 11, 2001.
It is therefore highly improbable that any satellite image from way up high would have captured “incriminating evidence” of the US government’s involvement in the September 11 attacks.
Fact #7 : 9/11 Attack Was Committed By Al Qaeda
In the past 20 years, the many conspiracy theories have all been repeatedly looked into and debunked.
We now know, with absolute certainty, that the September 11 attacks were conceived by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, approved by Osama bin Laden, and carried out by nineteen Al Qaeda terrorists.
There was no US government involvement in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Osama bin Laden himself claimed responsibility for the 9/11 attacks on several occasions. You don’t need a satellite to know that.
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