by Mike Masnick
Mon, Nov 15th 2010 4:41pm
We recently wrote about a dispute between Costa Rica and Nicragua, after a Nicraguan military official and his troops accidentally "invaded" Costa Rica allegedly relying on Google Maps, which placed the border between the two countries in the wrong place (oops). However, what's amazing to me is that the story has continued to escalate. Even though Costa Rica has no standing army, it mobilized its police force to go to that area, and now both sides are being urged to back down. Obviously, Costa Rica feels that this was much more than a Google Maps error (since corrected, by the way). Nicaraguan officials are now claiming that they didn't actually rely on Google Maps (though, it was wrong) and that they didn't actually invade Costa Rica, but the Costa Ricans aren't buying it. And no one seems to be explaining why the Nicaraguans have stuck round the area... The whole thing sounds like some important details are being left out, but it would be quite an unfortunate story if it turns out that a Google Maps error leads to war.
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