Archive: Submarine from US, says Wilkes


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By David Robie in the NZ Sunday Times

Peace researcher Owen Wilkes claims the mystery submarine sighted in Cook Islands waters during February 1986 was on an American covert operation aimed at scuttling New Zealand’s antinuclear policy — but it misfired.

He accuses the Cook Islands and New Zealand governments and the military of a cover-up of the real identity of the submarine.

In an article in New Zealand Monthly Review published today, Wilkes says the facts point to a special operations submarine deployed by the United States navy.

[Mystery] submarine from US
[Mystery] submarine from US, says Wilkes, NZ Sunday Times, David Robie, 19 October 1986.


David Robie
David Robie
Dr David Robie was previously founding director and professor of journalism at AUT’s Pacific Media Centre (PMC). He worked with postgraduate student journalists to edit Pacific Media Watch - a daily digital archive of dispatches about Pacific journalism and media, ethics and professionalism. The PMC also jointly published the high profile independent Pacific Scoop news website with industry partner, Scoop Media, and Asia Pacific Report, which David now edits independently in partnership with Evening Report: David is also the founding editor of Pacific Journalism Review (PJR).
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