I just saw this article on a family of German recon sats https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAR-Lupe
They were all launched from Russia! Why? Why not an Ariane launch from French Guiana?
I can understand America buying Russian engines to launch stuff and keep the engines’ designers from working out of Russia, but actually launching your spy sats on Russian rockets just seems like a step too far.
Edit: it seems like you’re asking for sabotage if a strategic enemy is launching your spy sat.