Elizabeth Warren Uses Debunked Starlink Ukraine Story To Call For Congress To Investigate Elon Musk

On Monday, Senator Elizabeth Warren, one to never waste an opportunity to call for investigations into Elon Musk, demanded a comprehensive investigation into the idea that Musk personally halted Ukraine’s access to the Starlink satellite network during a potential attack on Russian warships near Crimea.

Walter Isaacson, renowned biographer and former head of CNN, has had to retract a major claim from his eagerly awaited biography on Elon Musk just as the book was set to launch. The claim, which suggested that Musk deliberately turned off Starlink coverage to prevent a Ukrainian drone assault on a Russian fleet in Crimea, was revealed to be incorrect after Musk and Isaacson both made clarifying statements.

The initial account, which painted Musk as making a game-changing decision at a pivotal moment, indicated that the SpaceX founder had told his engineers to “turn off coverage within 100 kilometers of the Crimean coast.” This was out of concern that a surprise attack would escalate into a nuclear confrontation reminiscent of a “mini-Pearl Harbor.” The impact was significant, causing Ukrainian drone submarines to lose connectivity and ultimately become ineffective in their intended assault on the Russian fleet at Sevastopol.

These assertions, which first came to light in an early excerpt published by CNN, triggered a whirlwind of speculation and debate about Musk’s influence and possible interference in global affairs.
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