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Re: British National Archives UFO Research Guide -

From: Nick Pope <nick.nul>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2005 20:45:57 +0100
Fwd Date: Thu, 26 May 2005 10:14:26 -0400
Subject: Re: British National Archives UFO Research Guide -

>From: Martin Shough <mshough.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Tue, 24 May 2005 20:39:54 +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


>>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.


>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
>2001, but I'm aware of no evidence prior to Oct 2001 that any
>ufologist possessed a copy. If they did they kept strangely
>quiet about it.


My understanding is that several people acquired them in 2001.
Georgina Bruni, Dave Clarke and Andy Roberts definitely did. I
believe that several others did too, but I'm certainly not able
to give a definitive list of who got what document on what date.
I'll have to leave that to those concerned.

I don't dispute that Clarke and Roberts were the first
ufologists to _claim_ that they obtained the documents. They've
_claimed_ to be the first to acquire all sorts of material; an
article in The Observer on May 5 2002 implied they uncovered a
CIA memo on UFOs written by Walter B. Smith, when in fact it was
published by Timothy Good in 1987, in his book Above Top Secret.

Frankly, I've given up believing a word that Clarke and Roberts

Best wishes,

Nick Pope

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