Secret Taiwanese military installations were accidentally revealed online for the world to see following an update for the Google Earth platform. Some of these military sites were revealed through the update which included 3D renditions of Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, and Taichung. At least one military base which Patriot missiles are reportedly deployed can clearly be seen using Google Earth with no blurring in place to prevent the public from looking at it.
The detailed 3D renditions allow anyone to see the layout of this military installation, its exact location, building structures, and even the locations of missile launches in crystal clear detail. It’s also reported that the update has revealed Taiwan’s National Security Bureau and the Military Intelligence Bureau on the maps as well.
Taiwanese Defence Minister Yen Te-fa has said that the government has created a task force which will work with Google in the interest of national security. The company will be asked to blur the sites whereas the military will work on the ground to further improve the camouflage of its installations.
Google does work with countries across the globe to obscure their sensitive installations from public view on its mapping platforms. A lapse in this particular instance has resulted in some of Taiwan’s closely guarded secrets becoming public.