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Re: British National Archives UFO Research Guide -

From: Martin Shough <mshough.nul>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2005 20:39:54 +0100
Fwd Date: Wed, 25 May 2005 09:39:15 -0400
Subject: Re: British National Archives UFO Research Guide -


>From: Nick Pope <nick.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Tue, 24 May 2005 01:21:16 +0100
>Subject: Re: British National Archives UFO Research Guide

>>From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Wed, 18 May 2005 23:53:26 +0100
>>Subject: Re: British National Archives UFO Research Guide

>>I further note that you have pointedly avoided mentioning the
>>work of Clarke and Roberts by name in respect to the discovery
>>of the document. Are you willing to correct that situation now?

>Clarke and Roberts were sent the documents by the MOD, as were
>numerous other ufologists and journalists. They published
>extracts in their book in May 2002, but UFO Magazine had
>published the documents in full, a month earlier, together with
>a detailed analysis written by Georgina Bruni and myself. This
>scoop was seen (incorrectly) as a deliberate spoiler, and led to
>some furious abuse from certain quarters.

Nick, Joe & List

I have no horse in this race, however the argument has
reverberated on so long I'd like to make an observation.

Clarke and Roberts published the story of the discovery of the
documents first on 21 October 2001, simultaneously in the UK
national press and on their flyingsaucery website. Vide:

http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/updates/2001/oct/m21-004.shtml

and:

http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/updates/2001/oct/m21-005.shtml

However Nick's post allows the innocent reader to conclude that
the report first came to light when the MoD volunteered a
simultaneous dissemination of it to "numerous ufologists"
including Clarke and Roberts in 2002. I'm sure this cannot be
the effect he intends. The reality appears to be that numerous
ufologists and journalists certainly requested copies of the
document from the MOD _after_ its disclosure by C & R in Oct
2002, but I'm aware of no evidence prior to Oct 2002 that any
ufologist possessed a copy. If they did they kept strangely
quiet about it.


Regards

Martin Shough




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