Iran Now Claims It Pulled Spy Data From Drone
Airs footage of drone, but US still denies it was captured
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2012 7:28 AM CST
This image taken from the Iranian state TV's Arabic-language channel Al-Alam shows what they purport to be an intact ScanEagle drone aircraft put on display Dec. 4, 2012.   (AP Photo / Al-Alam TV)

(Newser) – Fresh claims from Iran, and more denial from the US: Iran today announced it has "fully extracted" data from the drone it reports having captured, and says that data proves the drone was spying on Iranian military and petroleum terminals where the country transfers its oil, Reuters reports. In a further attempt to back up its claims, Tehran yesterday aired 11 minutes of footage of military officials inspecting what it claims is the ScanEagle drone, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The US Navy continues to issue denials: "We have seen the [Iranian] footage. There is nothing we see that corroborates the claims," says a spokesperson. The Journal notes there is the possibility Iran somehow obtained the ScanEagle through another channel and chose to unveil it now as a publicity play. It's a much lower-tech drone than some of the other models used, and more than 1,600 of them have been sold to various governments. The US has recently confirmed stepped-up surveillance of Iran, but says drones stay beyond the country's borders.

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YetAnotherCollegeKid
Dec 6, 2012 1:32 AM CST
It seems probable that they do have a ScanEagle drone, and it seems highly improbable that it is an active US drone. I'm not sure what we are supposed to do with this information. Ignore it, probably. It's not like the US military loads secret information into drones like a pinata that enemy governments can crack open. Worst case scenario, Iran actually does have one of our drones and it was studying what they say it was. Even in that scenario, the question remains: so what?
MattB
Dec 5, 2012 2:26 PM CST
I say we band together all NATIONS and say the 1st country to call for anihalation of anyone. Your land will be stripped & disperesed unto the bordering nations. The leader is to be put to death on public display in the country he wanted to destroy & he is refused any burial rights & the REMAINS TO BE DESTOYED & BURIED UNDER the flag ot the nation he was to destroy! I am all for freedom of expresion (i do not like or cant stand, but to destroy is unaceptable).
Ultraworld
Dec 5, 2012 12:12 PM CST
What do US file photos prove?