90 Miles From Tyranny : Was Russian sub that caught fire designed to cut undersea global Internet cables?

Friday, July 5, 2019

Was Russian sub that caught fire designed to cut undersea global Internet cables?

A Russian submarine that caught fire this past week may have actually been sent on a mission to cut undersea Internet cables connecting the global economy, Futurism reports, citing open-source information from the Russian government and published reports.

According to the Russian government, 14 sailors were killed in the fire, CNBCadded. However, days after the incident, Moscow still wasn’t talking about what kind of submarine was involved or whether it was a nuclear-powered vessel.

Futurism notes:

A possible reason for Russia’s caginess? Multiple sources are now claiming the sub was an AS-12 “Losharik,” a nuclear-powered submarine some speculate was designed to cut the undersea cables that deliver internet to the world.

According to Russian media outlets RBC and Novaya Gazeta, anonymous sources claim the submarine was a Losharik — a class of sub that has been in operation since 2003, though the Kremlin’s defense ministry has never come out and declared its official purpose.

That said, U.S. and Western intelligence agencies have speculated about the...

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