Re: Washington–Moscow Direct Communications Link

Michael Thomas mike at
Sun Mar 6 00:40:22 UTC 2022

On 3/5/22 4:35 PM, Sean Donelan wrote:
> Since 2008, the Washington-Moscow Direct Communications Link (also 
> known as "The Washington-Moscow Hotline") uses redundant circuits of 
> two satellite links and a fiber-optic cable. They use commercial 
> facilities for at least part of the circuits.
> Past accidents have interrupted previous hotline circuits. A Danish 
> bulldozer operator once cut the line near Copenhagen. A Finnish farmer 
> once plowed it up. A fire in a Baltimore Maryland manhole took it out 
> of service temporarily. Yep, even the hotline experienced cable cuts.
"You laughed when I told you that backhoes would be the end of mankind".


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