What Did Google Earth Spot In The Chinese Desert? Even An Ex-CIA Analyst Isn't Sure

01/10/2013 01:15 pm ET

Late last month, former CIA analyst Allen Thomson was clicking through a space news website when he noticed a story about a new orbital tracking site being built near the small city of Kashgar in southwestern China. Curious, he went to Google Earth to find it. He poked around for a while, with no luck. Then he came across something kind of weird.

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