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101 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 26 September 2007 04:14PM

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Comment author: Aaron3 26 September 2007 07:22:42PM 18 points [-]

"He sent messages declaring the launch detection a false alarm, based solely on his personal belief that the US did not seem likely to start an attack using only five missiles."

According to the Wikipedia article, Petrov claimed that he had other reasons for believing it was false alarm: lack of corroborating evidence from ground satellites and the fact that the detection technology was new and immature.