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Re: MoD To Open British UFO X-Files

From: Nick Pope <contact.nul>
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2007 00:06:20 -0000
Archived: Mon, 31 Dec 2007 09:14:06 -0500
Subject: Re: MoD To Open British UFO X-Files

>Source: The Daily Telegraph - London, UK



>MoD To Open British UFO X-Files
>By Aislinn Simpson

>Top-secret details about hundreds of sightings of Unidentified
>Flying Objects are to be released for public viewing in response
>to the nation's continuing fascination with the subject.

>The Ministry of Defence will release a total of 160 files dating
>back to that time to the National Archives in Kew.

>The first files will be made available in Spring 2008 and the
>process is expected to take three years.

>The MoD has received reports of over 10,000 UFO sightings since
>the UFO project was set up in 1950.

>After investigation, around 5 per cent remain unexplained.

>According to Nick Pope, who ran the Ministry of Defence UFO
>project from 1991 to 1994, some of the sightings are "highly


I seem to have upset both sides of the belief spectrum with

Some background:

I regularly commentate on UFOs and the unexplained in the media.
I've stayed alongside the story of the MoD's UFO files.

Earlier this month the MoD confirmed to me the details of their
file release: what would be released, what were the timescales,
etc. Several ufologists had been sent this information too, but
I thought this was newsworthy and broke the story in the media.

In doing so, I've upset true believers, who see the MoD's
initiative as lies and who believe I'm still working for the
MoD, peddling disinformation.

I've also upset a small clique of three or four UK skeptics who
dishonestly portray themselves as the only people who have used
FOI to push for the disclosure of the MoD's UFO files.

What's interesting is how the same information from the MoD
files is being misused by two very different factions.

Conspiracy theorists falsely suggest that the files show I'm a
disinformation operative. A handful of skeptics dishonestly
twist the information to downplay my role and denigrate my
official research and investigations.

With respect to those on this List who don't automatically
demonize me because of my government background, I hope you
understand why I have little dealings with ufologists these

Best wishes,

Nick Pope

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