Bail Organa was killed when Death Star v1 destroyed Alderaan. But before that, did the Empire (or, Vader) ever learn that Bail Organa was working for enemies (Jedi and Rebel Alliances)?

  • Not in the main canon.
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 26, 2014 at 22:48
  • Give Star Wars Rebels a few more seasons to tell us that story.
    – Boelabaal
    Commented Mar 25, 2015 at 19:41

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Disney canon

No information yet as of 12/2014.

Legends (EU C-canon) - Yes.


Major spoilers for "The Force Unleashed" ahead!


In the Force Unleashed (mostly-C-canon computer game), Darth Vader's secret apprentice Galen Marek had an assignment from Vader, to lure all the potential rebels into the open, under the pretense of creating an alliance to destroy the Emperor (and in reality, to flush them out and crush them), during the signing of Corellian Treaty in ~2 BBY.

Vader and stormtroopers arrested Bail Organa, Mon Mothma, and Garm Bel Iblis, and took them to Death Star I to meet the Emperor and their doom.

But Galen Marek switched to the Light side, and at the cost of his own life bought the escape of the leaders of the soon-to-start Rebellion.

What really bakes my noodle is, why didn't Palpatine crush Organa in between 2BBY and Alderaan's destruction as per EU.

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    Not to mention why the Rebels somehow didn't find out about the Death Star until two years after they were on it!
    – Milo P
    Commented Dec 27, 2014 at 4:39
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    @MiloPrice - do you mean to suggest that a random senator with no weapons technology background can figure out that an installation - of which they probably didn't get to see much of - is a planet busting superweapon? Commented Dec 27, 2014 at 5:18
  • I guess not, but still, originally the Rebels weren't supposed to have been aware of it at all until right before the time of ANH. I think the NPR dramatization goes into more detail of when exactly Bail learned about it.
    – Milo P
    Commented Dec 27, 2014 at 5:39
  • one thing to keep in mind though is: From the inside the deathstar looked like any other empire insntallation. IT could have been just another asteroid that got rebuilt to become a station for tie squadrons,... . As long as the later rebels dont see the weapon shaft or any other things that point to the REAL design of what they are on they wont know that its a moonsized weapon they are on.
    – Thomas
    Commented Dec 27, 2014 at 14:24
  • Unsupported head canon, he gathered blueprints of the death star, but it took two years to Crack the encryption on the files.
    – user16696
    Commented Dec 28, 2014 at 7:22

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