OleMissCub wrote:Stannis wrote:jersey cubs fan wrote:it doesn't seem like they did, since the point is made that the US knew they had her.
But I could see it being something like this.
Japan gets her, the crazy ass mofos running their prison camps kill her. Japan has nothing to gain at this point in saying they have her so they stay quiet about it. US doesn't want to exacerbate pre-war tension by going hot and heavy after Japan to release her and once she's dead they don't want to let it be known they failed to save her.
but it makes even less sense if the US knew about it. There was a little tension between the countries, but I'm sure an accord could have been reached to return Earhardt. Like the faked Moon-landing, that's a very large, unmanageable and pointless cover-up.
Indeed. Some supporters of this theory suggest that they wanted her plane because they wanted the technology of the Elektra. However, the Japanese could have just purchased an Elektra plane if they wanted to. Oh, what's that? That's right, they DID purchase one several years before Earhart.
The basic theory goes like this: Earhart and her husband, G.P. Putnam, were good friends with the Roosevelts. So when it came time for her to do her flight, the Roosevelts asked if she would allow cameras to be installed to the underbelly of the plane when she stopped in Australia. Reason for this being that we knew that war with Japan was coming and we had no idea what the topography of any of those islands out there looked like, and so they wanted her to fly over them. So when the Japanese recovered her plane, they found the spy cameras and this is what set them off and why they didn't tell anyone about Earhart. There's actually a pretty well known and respected pilot in Australia who came out a few years ago and said that it was a real bitch to get those cameras installed into her plane.
Incidentally, the Coast Guard's two weeks search for Earhart did indeed provide lots and lots of information on these islands since we flew over them and took tons of pictures. The "Japanese theory" supporters claim that we knew that she had been captured and just used the search as a pretext to get some intel on that are of the world.
I don't doubt that there may have been some cameras mounted on the plane, but the rest of the theory kind of falls apart after that.
Why didn't the Japanese negotiate her return after everyone came snooping around the atolls and islands looking for her?
I mean, we can ask Trump to declassify all of the government cover-ups throughout history, he seems like the type of guy who would talk about them.