Official: U.S. Limits Intel Value Of Drones

A U.S. official says Iran will find it hard to exploit any data or technology aboard the captured CIA stealth drone because of measures taken to limit the intelligence value of drones when they operate in hostile territory.

The official also says the U.S. is convinced that the unmanned aircraft malfunctioned and came down on its own, rejecting Iran's claims that it used GPS and electronic warfare methods to hijack it. The U.S. says it lost control of the drone over eastern Iran earlier this month.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday to discuss classified matters publicly and offered no details. But experts say all the drone's data and communications are heavily encrypted.

U.S. experts disagree over whether Iran could have diverted the robot aircraft.


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  • by Harry Paratesties Location: Jacksonville on Dec 18, 2011 at 01:15 PM
    And it only took a week and a half to tell people this huh? Makes you wonder how true it is.
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      by Jack Chitz on Dec 19, 2011 at 01:23 AM in reply to Harry Paratesties
      And I thought my name sounded stupid.
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      by obamanot on Dec 19, 2011 at 02:28 AM in reply to Harry Paratesties
      You know there is a thing called a pair of scissors and other shaving utinsels for hygiene.
  • by Money on Dec 18, 2011 at 12:08 PM
    They have have little Intel value, but they still cost 100's of millions of dollars, plus billions worth technology that China can steal and replicate! And the pres does nothing .....
  • by Osama2 Location: Haties on Dec 18, 2011 at 07:22 AM
    Drones have killed 40 out of 50 of my chain of command, and even I sleep with the fishes, yet you continue to criticize your President, we win, death to America.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 18, 2011 at 09:01 AM in reply to Osama2
      death to america,that what obama wants.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Dec 18, 2011 at 07:19 AM
    Only in America.What kind of fool would NOT plant a device into the drone that would explode if anything went wrong like a takeover of the control device in the drone?answer an idiot.
  • by Osoma Location: Haties on Dec 18, 2011 at 06:31 AM
    Nearly all of my chain of command is dead or affraid to look out their front door, and even I sleep with the fishes, yet you contine to criticizes your President, victory for us and death to America.
  • by WhyILoveobama on Dec 18, 2011 at 05:36 AM
    I dont belive either of these stories.This is obamas way of leveling the playing field.Give pakistan a stealth helicopter which will probably go to china,give iran two drones which will probably go to china too for reverse engineering but so what that is obamas down payment for the money we all owe them, sale iraq F16's all at the same time disagree with Netanyahu on everthing.Thats WHYILoveobama!
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