WASHINGTON – Three Democratic senators on the Senate Committee on Armed Services have requested information from the Pentagon about Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, and whether he has ever had the authority to unilaterally disable or prevent the operation of Starlink satellite communications terminals used by the Ukrainian Armed Forces in southern Ukraine.
To express their “serious concerns about whether Musk has personally intervened to undermine a key U.S. partner at a critical juncture,” Democratic Sens. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois wrote a letter to Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin on Friday.
Their inquiries come in response to the publishing of Elon Musk’s biography. Mr Musk is the owner and chief technology officer of the social network X, formerly known as Twitter, as well as the CEO of SpaceX and the automobile manufacturer Tesla. A disconnect from Starlink, authorised by Musk, according to the book’s author Walter Isaacson, prevented a Ukrainian drone submarine attack on Russian vessels.