"The target is destroyed": what really happened to flight 007 and what America knew about it

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Random House, Aug 12, 1986 - History - 282 pages
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Documents the circumstances surrounding the Soviet attack on, and downing of, a Korean Airlines civilian 747 jet in September, 1983

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Hersh acknowledges that he received help from unnamed CIA sources. The book does not mention US radar capability in that area once. You could read this book and seriously believe that the primary source of intelligence is radio intercepts... that take 20 hours to interpret from plain voice transmissions.
Hersh attempts to portray the US base at Shemya Island as run-down an unimportant. The huge new (in 1983) Cobra Dane radar is not mentioned. The crash-site investigation is dismissed as being fully covered by newspapers whereas in reality, the USN kept all media well out of whatever was going on there. No mention is made of the lack of wreckage, nor that not one identifiable body was recovered.
The CIA, having found a tame and gullible (an respected) author simply spoon-fed him their fanciful (non)-explanations. Regretably, Hersh swallowed it all.
The book is a waste of paper.

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The book does not mention US radar capability once. You could read this book and seriously believe that the prime source of military intelligence in 1983 was radio intercepts, ones that took 20 hours to decipher.
He also attempts to portray Shemya Island and not being very important in the intelligence area, inspite of the presence there of the huge Cobra Dane radar facility.
He acknowledges that he has received help from (un-named) CIA sources, as if he thinks that adds to the authenticity.
A waste of paper.


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About the author (1986)

Hersh is one of America's premier investigative reporters. He has won more than a dozen major journalism prizes, including the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting and four George Polk Awards. He lives with his wife and three children.

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