Information websites just like the Washington Submit and CNN reported final week on excerpts from a brand new Elon Musk biography that alleged Musk deliberately disabled Starlink satellites over the Crimean coast to scuttle a Ukrainian submarine drone assault on a fleet of Russian ships. Now, only a day earlier than Walter Issaacson’s biography is ready to be launched, these websites have clarified that the excerpt “mischaracterized” Musk’s objectives. As a substitute, it has been clarified that Musk had already turned off Starlink satellites effectively earlier than he gained data of a possible assault.
Matthew Gertz, a fellow at Media Issues for America, highlighted the modifications made by the Washington Submit through X:
On the prime of the story, a correction reads as follows:
After publication of this adaptation, the writer realized that his e-book mischaracterized the tried assault by Ukrainian drones on the Russian fleet in Crimea. Musk had already disabled (“geofenced”) protection inside 100 km of the Crimean coast earlier than the assault started, and when Ukrainians found this, they requested him to activate protection, and he refused.
This reinterpretation of occasions critically modifications the tone of Musk’s actions; earlier than, Musk was offered as appearing in response to a proposed assault on Russia, due to this fact giving him a extra important form of involvement within the present warfare between Ukraine and Russia. On this model, Musk is reported to have turned off Starlink effectively prematurely; when contacted about restoring service by Ukrainian officers, he declined. This locations him additional outdoors the direct bounds of the battle.
This correction raises essential questions in regards to the true nature of Musk’s involvement, in addition to in Isaacson’s sources.
The e-book is ready to be launched tomorrow, September 12.