Every conspiracy theory starts with an information vacuum, which then tumbles into fantasy.

In a freak accident 31 years ago this month, an intern at the American Embassy in Tokyo contributed to conspiracy theories by pressing the wrong key the day Korean Airlines Flight 007 was shot down by the Soviets in 1983.

The mistake destroyed hours of work American staff were doing in the wake of the incident, adding to confusion that eventually gave room for conspiracies to mushroom.

The 1983 downing of KAL 007 sharpened American tensions with the Soviet Union to heights not seen since the Cuban missile crisis. The Cold War was hot: Ronald Reagan was president, the Soviets were occupying Afghanistan, and that same year the Soviet military readied plans to preemptively strike the United States with nuclear weapons if it felt an American attack was imminent. [Read more]

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