Ed Offley, author of Scorpion Down: Sunk by the Soviets, Buried by the Pentagon, discusses the book, the secret confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union over the Scorpion, a synopsis of the U.S. attack submarines that were available in 1968, the mission that the Scorpion was involved in, the official story told by the Pentagon, his research process in writing the book, the contradictions that were said between the official Pentagon story and the story later told by the commanding admirals, the expression of remorse among the admirals that lied during the official U.S. Navy investigation, the culture of secrecy in the U.S. Navy, the decision making process in not making the Scorpion sinking become a major incident between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, the anniversary observation in Norfolk, Virginia, the lack of media coverage, the mystery surrounding the sinking of a Soviet submarine by the U.S. Navy weeks before and advantages in Naval intelligence that North Korea and the Soviet Union achieved with the seizing of the U.S.S. Pueblo.
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Ed Offley is a veteran military columnist and reporter with more than 24 years of experience in covering U.S. military operations. He wrote a book on the tragedy and the cover-up of the sinking of the U.S.S. Scorpion, Scorpion Down: Sunk by the Soviets, Buried by the Pentagon. As editor of DefenseWatch magazine during 2001-2005, Offley helped launch the publication and guided its development into a nationally recognized journal of issues affecting active-duty soldiers and reservists, veterans and military families. In its four years of online operation, DefenseWatch and SFTT.org have received nationwide recognition for a number of major breaking news reports.