US Senate calls for investigation of Musk over manipulation of access to Starlink in Ukraine
US Senator from the "Democratic Party" Elizabeth Warren demands an investigation against billionaire Elon Musk because of the blocking of satellite Internet Starlink in Ukraine. The inventor manipulated access to the network to prevent attacks on Russian warships off the coast of temporarily occupied Crimea.
Warren emphasized that Congress should guarantee the conduct of U.S. foreign policy by the government, not one billionaire. This is reported by Bloomberg.
The Armed Services Committee member said she also wants the U.S. Department of Defense to examine its contractual relationship with SpaceX.
"Congress needs to investigate what happened here and whether we have adequate tools to ensure that foreign policy is being made by the government and not by one billionaire," Warren said.
In addition, Senator Jack Reed also said he was concerned about the issue, given that governments traditionally control satellites and presidents decide what to do with them.
The politician added that there have been very positive developments in that SpaceX has lowered the cost of accessing space services, including for launches for US national security purposes. However, the senator added that Musk cannot have the last word when it comes to national security.
It's worth noting that Musk is scheduled to hold a private summit with senators at the Capitol on September 13. SpaceX CEO Musk is expected to be among the tech industry executives who will attend the event.
As OBOZREVATEL wrote, according to CNN, American billionaire Elon Musk actually disrupted Ukraine's secret operation to destroy Russia's Black Sea Fleet in 2022. He allegedly ordered the shutdown of Starlink communications near temporarily occupied Crimea. Later Musk himself explained that so he wanted to avoid "escalation of the conflict".
We will remind, the head of the Main Directorate of intelligence of the Ministry of defense Kirill Budanov commented on the information that the head of SpaceX Elon Musk disrupted the Ukrainian attack on the Russian Black Sea Fleet in occupied Crimea. In particular, he confirmed that Starlink satellite communication systems did indeed for a certain time did not work near the peninsula, but emphasized that "the whole front line is working for them."