Oops, he did it again!

US President Donald Trump and Twitter King on August 30 tweeted out a photograph which he captioned: “The United States of America was not involved in the catastrophic accident during final launch preparations for the Safir SLV launch at Semnan Launch Site One in Iran. I wish Iran best wishes and good luck in determining what happened at Site One.”

Internet sleuths immediately noticed the high resolution of the photograph and pegged it as likely ‘classified’. It is now declassified since the US President tweeted it. Many experts told news agencies that they were concerned that the declassified photo could reveal unknown information about US drone or satellite surveillance.


Amateur satellite trackers reverse-engineered the image and figured out that it likely came from the highly classified USA 224 satellite. USA 224 is suspected to be a KH-11 surveillance satellite, a classified piece of equipment about which the public knows little.

The only confirmed photos from a KH-11 satellite were leaked in 1984 by a Navy intelligence analyst who ended up serving two years in prison for espionage.