A Reuters story titled U.S. general laments Google Earth capability that received a fair bit of exposure, including in India, begins thus:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of U.S. Air Force intelligence and surveillance on Thursday said data available commercially through online mapping software such as Google Earth posed a danger to security but could not be rolled back.
Except that this is not at all what his quote maintains in the following paragraph:
“To talk about danger is, if I may, really is irrelevant because it’s there,” said Lt. Gen. David Deptula, deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
“No one’s going to undo commercial satellite imagery,” he told reporters in Washington.
Nor do we get any kind of context as to how and where the general is interviewed. So here is my take: General Deptula gets doorstopped on his way to a conference by a journalist intending to get criticism of Google Earth from the defense establishment. The general responds (correctly) that satellite imagery is a fact of life, just like paper maps, and that the correct response is camouflage, concealment and deception.
Somehow, the “irrelevance” of asking about the dangers of Google Earth turns into a “lament” about said dangers. I think that most implausible.