4th cable cut in Middle East: Bloggers smell conspiracy

Egyptian authorities rule out damage due to ship anchor

Thomas K. Thomas

New Delhi, Feb. 5 A week after Internet services were disrupted due to cuts on four under-sea cables, no one still knows exactly what caused the damage. While Egyptian Government authorities ruled out that the damage to the cables was caused by ships dragging their anchors, Reliance-owned FLAG maintained that the cut was caused due to the heavy movement of re-routed ships following bad weather off the Egyptian coast, in the eastern Mediterranean.

Egypt’s Transport Ministry, in a statement, said that footage recorded by onshore video cameras of the cable locations showed no maritime traffic in the area when the cables were damaged. “The area is also marked on maps as a no-go zone and it is therefore ruled out that the damage to the cables was caused by ships,” the statement said.

The Egyptian authorities will file a final report after investigations are carried out to

Meanwhile, blogs and postings by Netizens across the globe are hinting at conspiracy theories ranging from it being an act of terrorist groups to a covert operation by the US Navy.

A posting by San Antonio-based Dr Richard Sauder said, “I will say upfront that I am well and thoroughly sceptical of the ‘ship anchor’ explanation that has been so prominently advanced in the mainstream news media. Yes, ships do sometimes drag their anchors and dragging anchors can cause damage, true enough. But to have three undersea cables — or is it actually four cables? — cut in the same region in just a two-day span, strains credulity; the more so, when we look at how the damage has played out across the region.”

Probe on Some of the blogs said that Iranians and terrorists were to gain the maximum by the disruption. Then there are also bloggers, born during the pre-Internet era, who wrote that it was good to go back once again to days without Internet.

Meanwhile, a team of 30, including a naval officer, telecom engineers, project managers and Egyptian Government officials, arrived on a repair ship at the FLAG Europe-Asia site.

The disruption affected more than 85 million Internet and phone users in India, Pakistan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Sudan, Egypt and the UAE.

via//Hindu Business Line

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2 comments on “4th cable cut in Middle East: Bloggers smell conspiracy
  1. A certain country is real mad the oil producers don’t want to use our “petrodollars” anymore. Which means our days as a superpower are essentially over. The neocon response? Typical saber rattling and war.

    Every time a country snubs our dollar we add it to our “terrorist” list and commence the violence (sometimes you and I know about it, sometimes we don’t). We can’t let this happen again. Our economy is falling to s&%# regardless of what George Bush wants anyway, might as well save a few lives . . . “war on terror?” As the old cliche goes: “We found the enemy and it is us.”

  2. dianarn says:

    Iran was also on that list.

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