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The chief executive of one of Germany's leading space companies has lost his job because of the Wikileaks saga.
OHB-System's Berry Smutny was reported in a cable to have told US diplomats that Europe's Galileo satellite-navigation project was a "stupid idea".
Bremen-based OHB-System is part of the consortium that will build Galileo's first 14 operational spacecraft.
Although Mr Smutny has denied the cable's contents, OHB's board has decided to remove him from his post.
SUMMARY: Berry Smutny, the CEO of Germanys top satellite manufacturer, OHB-System, called the EUs Galileo global navigation satellite system (GNSS) "a waste of EU tax payers money championed by French interests."
Smutny stated frankly, "I think Galileo is a stupid idea that primarily serves French interests"
He claimed the EU desire to develop a redundant but alternative to GPS was spearheaded by the French after an incident during the Kosovo Conflict when the US military "manipulated" GPS to support military operations (NFI). Since this time, he said France has aggressively corralled EU support to invest in Galileo development -- something Smutny said France wants to ensure their missile guidance systems are free of any GPS reliance. Smutny added, the irony for German investment in Galileo is that some of Frances nuclear missiles are aimed at Berlin.
Smutny frankly said "France is the evil empire stealing technology and Germany knows this"
Going on at length of his despise of the French, Smutny said French IPR espionage is so bad that the total damage done to the German economy is greater the that inflicted by China or Russia.