Japan has declassified the materials about the events that took place in the 1970s and the 1980s. The materials lift the veil about secret negotiations between the governments of Japan and the United States about the South Korean jetliner that was downed by the USSR on September 1, 1983.
Officially, Washington said that Moscow shot down the South Korean Boeing deliberately. However, two months after the tragedy, a senior US official told Japan that the Soviet Union shot down the plane by mistake, having taken it for a US reconnaissance aircraft.
On September 1, 1983 the South Korean Boeing-747 was flying from New York to Seoul. For an unknown reason, the plane deviated from its course and entered Soviet airspace above Kamchatka. The airliner reached the territory of Sakhalin, where it was shot down by the Soviet Air Force.
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According to Moscow, the aircraft was conducting an intelligence mission. All 269 people aboard were killed. Experts of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) concluded as a result of investigation that the pilots of the airliner set the autopilot improperly and did not specify the route.
In 1997, a former senior official of the Japanese Military Intelligence published a book titled "The Truth about Flight KAL 007." The book says that the downed aircraft was conducting a special mission of US intelligence. According to the author of the book, Yoshiro Tanaka, US intelligence agencies deliberately sent the passenger plane into Soviet airspace to obtain information about secret facilities in Soviet air defense.
During those years, the United States was making every effort to collect information about Soviet air defenses in the Far East that were modernized and considerably strengthened in 1982.
Ray McGovern, who worked as a CIA analyst for seven US presidents, and currently serves as a member of the Coordinating Council of Veterans of Intelligence, says that one should not believe what Washington says to the world, because the US had lied about the crash of the South Korean Boeing.
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"The U.S. press might pause to recall how it's been manipulated by the U.S. government in the past, including three decades ago by the Reagan administration twisting the facts of the KAL-007 tragedy...The Soviets soon realized they had made a horrendous mistake. U.S. intelligence also knew from sensitive intercepts that the tragedy had resulted from a blunder, not from a willful act of murder ....The U.S. mantra became "the deliberate downing of a civilian passenger plane." Newsweek ran a cover emblazoned with the headline "Murder in the Sky,"" McGovern wrote.
Moreover, the Reagan administration even published the fake transcript of the intercepts to the United Nations Security Council. Ten years later, when the full transcript was exposed, it was revealed that the US version of those events had been fabricated by the Reagan administration.
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