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Re: British National Archives UFO Research Guide -

From: Nick Pope <nick.nul>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2005 18:23:37 +0100
Fwd Date: Thu, 26 May 2005 09:37:45 -0400
Subject: Re: British National Archives UFO Research Guide -


>From: Andy Roberts <andy.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Tue, 24 May 2005 18:26:16 +0100
>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

>>Georgina Bruni obtained them in 2001, but I don't know precisely
>>when. She learned of their existence through unrelated research
>>into the Cold War. I didn't find out that she had the papers
>>until later.

>>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.

<snip>

>We did _not_ publish them first in May 2002 - we published them
>on 21 October 2001 in an exclusive story in The Observer, posted
>at:

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

>and

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

Andy,

The Observer ran a story about the Flying Saucer Working Party,
but it's clear that neither they nor you had all the documents
at the time. On page 79 of your May 2002 book on the subject,
you quote the aims and objectives of the working party. Or
rather, you misquote them. In fact, the terms of reference were
subsequently revised. I can send you the additional documents if
you wish.

The Observer ran a similar story on May 5 2002:

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,710181,00.html

The clear implication in this article was that you and Dave
Clarke had unearthed a secret CIA document written by Walter B.
Smith. In fact, Timothy Good published this document in 1987, in
his book Above Top Secret.

With the above in mind I hope you'll understand why, every time
you and Dave claim to have been the first to uncover any
documents, I don't believe a word you say.


Best wishes,

Nick Pope





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