Ex-CIA Analyst Needs Help Solving Google Earth Mystery in China

Former CIA analyst Allen Thomson was clicking through a space news website last month, when he noticed an article about a new orbital tracking site being built near the small city of Kashgar in southwestern China. When he went to Google Earth to find it he had no luck but instead came across something strange.

The former analyst who served in the CIA from 1972 to 1985 then as a consultant to the Nation Intelligence Council until 1996 spends his time making interesting discoveries in public satellite imagery.  Discoveries such as a suspected underground missile bunker in Iran. But in this case, Thomson is having trouble figuring out exactly what’s in the images and told Wired magazine, “I haven’t the faintest clue what it might be — but it’s extensive, the structures are pretty big and funny-looking, and it went up in what I’d call an incredible hurry.”

China's Mystery Complex

China’s Mystery Complex

Thomson would like your help in solving this mystery. View all ten slides at Wired, “What Did Google Earth Spot in the Chinese Desert? Even an Ex-CIA Analyst Isn’t Sure” then email, Facebook or Tweet your comments on what you think it might be.