A striking example is provided by a Chinese satellite which crashed into the sea off Peru in October 1993. A few days previously, monitors in the USA and elsewhere detected its descent from orbit, although the Chinese denied that they had lost control of it, even hours before it crashed. They affirmed that any satellite which crashed at that time could not be theirs. Another example is the discovery in 1994 that the South African government had lied concerning its collaboration with Israel on nuclear development, notably with regard to the exchange of 600 tons of uranium in exchange for 30 grams of tritium.
In the UK in 1993 it was acknowledged that the government had deliberately misled critics of human rights violations in East Timor to believe that it was endeavouring to negotiate access by the International Red Cross to the territory although it had already decided that this would be counter-productive to its relationships with Indonesia and had no intention of doing so. The government was also obliged to acknowledge that it had falsely denied the existence of any contacts with the IRA regarding the future of Northern Ireland. This deception was then compounded by falsification of reports on the actual contacts.
In both the USA and the UK the consequences of covertly arming Iraq prior to the Gulf War have led to major investigations of deception within government and the manner in which efforts were subsequently made to deny any such deception.