The Associated Press is reporting that Thailand has now come forward with a new piece of information regarding the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that has been missing for ten days now. Turns out, they may have seen it on radar right after it lost contact with the rest of the world.
The news from Thailand may not change anything in terms of the search, and may add nothing of substance to the investigation, but it is the reason that Thailand gave for not coming forward sooner with the information that may be cause for concern to the rest of the world.
Thailand said they had not made their radar information known sooner because they were not specifically asked about it. Even though nearly the rest of the world was out scouring the globe for this plane, they withheld what they knew. And their possible reasons for doing so could be a more common problem than some think, and could impede this investigation.
Some countries may be hesitant to come forward with what they know or may have seen happen because they do not want anyone to know what their real capabilities are. If they had seen flight 370, and they make that known, it reveals the kind of radar and other technological capabilities they have, capabilities that they might not want others to know they have, capabilities that could even be used for spying on their neighbors.
These capabilities may not necessarily even be cutting-edge or anything any better than their neighbors have, but it reveals what they can do, nonetheless.
Thai air force spokesman Air Vice Marshal Montol Suchookorn described a twisting flight path that Malaysian investigators had already discovered, but revealed that Thailand knew about it days before Malaysia figured it out.
When asked why Thailand took so long to reveal what it knew, Montol said, "Because we did not pay any attention to it. The Royal Thai Air Force only looks after any threats against our country, so anything that did not look like a threat to us, we simply look at it without taking actions."
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