The US on Tuesday said that the American unmanned spy plane which fell
into Iranian hands earlier this month went down because of "technical"
problems, and was not brought down by the Iranians, as Tehran has
Iran announced on Dec. 4 it had downed the drone in the eastern part of
the country, near Afghanistan. It has since shown the plane on
television and said it is close to cracking its technological secrets.
"I will say without hesitation that this is not something that anyone
had anything to do with coming down with, other than a technical
problem," US House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers was
quoted as saying by AFP.
Rogers stated that, while "it's not a good day for the United States"
when a hostile nation obtains US technology, the threat of Iran
"reverse-engineering" the technology and mass producing the drone, as it
has promised, does not pose that great a threat to the US.