The author of a biography about Elon Musk says he was “mistaken” when he wrote that the tech mogul deactivated his Starlink satellite fleet to foil a Ukrainian attack on a Crimean port.
Walter Isaacson now says that while Ukrainians thought Musk had deactivated the system, in actuality it had never been activated in that area, part of a decision made to avoid the system being used for military offensive action.
Much appreciated, Walter.
The onus is meaningfully different if I refused to act upon a request from Ukraine vs. made a deliberate change to Starlink to thwart Ukraine.
At no point did I or anyone at SpaceX promise coverage over Crimea.
Moreover, our terms of service clearly… https://t.co/jmNtScM5LY
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 9, 2023
Musk tweets his appreciation at Isaacson for correcting the record on the bombshell revelation.
“Elon Musk,” from the author of other acclaimed biographies, including of Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs and Leonardo Da Vinci, was published on Tuesday, quickly capturing the top spot on Amazon’s bestseller list.