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Google has quite brilliantly denied al-Qaeda the possibility of using Google Maps UK to identify the US embassy in London and subsequently launching a devastating kamikaze assault on the building. Indeed, were Ozzie bin Laden to search for "US embassy London", he'd be directed here: The US Embassy according to Google Maps - …

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  1. Paul

    A-Z

    So, the US Embassy wasn’t shown on Google earth. Are we to believe that the average bomber is to Dumb to use an A-Z?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Paul...

    ... it's a JOKE

    ... you know, <joke> something that is amusing or ridiculous, esp. because of being ludicrously inadequate or a sham; a thing, situation, or person laughed at rather than taken seriously</joke>

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Grosvenor Square, Portugal?

    More interesting than the photo is the actual web address listed for the US embassy ... american-embassy.pt. Since when is Grosvenor square in Portugal? Cheers.

  4. Karl Lattimer

    what about o

    If they are too dumb to use the A-Z you can assure yourself they're smart enough to spell too with two o's

  5. Richard

    Who uses maps for bomb plans?

    It didn't help the Chinese embassy in Belgrade. Admittedly, one assumes that Al Qaida is a bit more thorough.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Post Code is incorrect says Streetmap.Co.UK

    Go to www.streetmap.co.uk & search on W1a 1AE.

    Result:

    Same as Google but with the warning "The location for this post code is not accurate. You should confirm your destination before travelling".

    This is obviously an INTERNATIONAL conspiracy between Google, HMG & The Post Office!

    Please investigate, El-Reg, with your usual histrionic & accurate flair.

    Disturbedly yours,

    Nico M

  7. Brian

    Sense of Humor

    Hey paul have a sense of humor!

    I think it's fairly funny myself. I could see Mustafa bin Blowmyself going to Google during planning his ascension to sainthood and being completely confused when he got to the wrong place :). Of course the bobbies are so nice that one of them would cheerfully direct him to the right place anyway, if he asked politely.

  8. Tom Watson

    Mapping service??

    Maybe this is the same Google that the Iran used when in the Persian Gulf? You never know, the conspiracy could be wide spread. Maybe the Iranians saw the error of their ways since they are releasing the hostages!

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Postcode bobbins

    With regard to the invalid postcode wossname, one can achieve the same result trying to locate Lloyds Bank in the middle of Oxford.

    What are /they/ hiding?

    --

    Mr Larrington

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Google at it again.

    Google maps was very useful a few years ago, now lots of sections have been 'back-dated' to hide features various gov't don't want seen.

    They also trawl for key words using Google search on 'groups' and then follow up with a CID 'visit', BTDT.

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