#Germany planning secret #satellite recon ? | WikiLeaked
Since the cable’s release, the German Aerospace Center has denied that HiROS is a “spy satellite, nor a secret project” and suggested that it would instead be used for “crisis management during natural catastrophes and for scientific uses.” But that wasn’t the impression U.S. officials got after the 2009 meeting:
The BND stressed that having their own national space-based reconnaissance assets will enable them to be a better partner with the USG by bringing more unique value to the table. The BND indicated that they are anxious to precede with additional high value substantive joint projects with the USG and hope that through a closer imagery exchange relationship, Germany could fill some of their collection gaps by gaining access to US imagery covering Iran, North Korea, China, and the Haqqani Network in the AFPAK region. Also of note, the BND also wants to work with the USG on GEOINT issues of mutual interest in Africa.