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Alleged retired Navy petty officer claims to have seen Top Secret UFO files

An anonymous witness claiming to have seen thousands of files relating to “UFO/ET” projects while working at the Naval Telecommunication Center at NAS Moffett field in the late 80s, says he is going public because his secrecy agreement has expired and he would like the government to disclose what they know on about UFOs and aliens. As shocking as his claims are, a UFO researcher who formerly worked for the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD), says he has “no doubts about [the witness’] background.”

Aerial view of the NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, California. Date: 1 January 1982 (Image Credit: NASA)
Aerial view of the NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, California. Date: 1 January 1982 (Credit: NASA)

The witness first made his claims via a report in the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) UFO reporting system. On February 13, 2016, the witness wrote:

I was a Radioman 3rd class petty officer at Naval Telecommunications Center within NAS Moffett Field from Feb 86′ to Oct 89′ having maintained a TS SBI/ESI NATO/SIOP Compartmental Security Clearance. I was required to deliver TS Code word designation COSMIC to SRI, ESL/SYLVANIA, LOCKHEED SKUNKWORKS, TRW, RATHEON, BERKELEY LABS, LAWRENCE LIVERMORE LABS, and other think tanks throughout Silicon valley. In addition we had a GS11 employee who was transferred from a Joint U.S. U.K. Communication station north of London after working at that site for a dozen years. He said it was an NSA/UK facility tasked with tracking UFO including Rendalsham Forest Incident. He said that UFO/ET were real and that hopefully disclosure would happen in my lifetime since he was in his early 60s at the time. I’m not reporting a UFO sighting rather a UFO related experience. I have copies of my security clearances.

I personally handled, viewed and delivered thousands of documents involving UFO/ET Projects. My secrecy agreement with the U.S. Government expired in Oct 2014. At this point in my life I would like to share my knowledge in hopes that someone will be able to use it effectively towards disclosure.

MUFON Report from the Case Management System. (Credit: MUFON)
MUFON Report from the Case Management System. (Credit: MUFON)

The claims are shocking, but many of the references appear correct. TS is often used in military documents to represent Top Secret. SBI stands for Special Background Investigation, ESI is Exceptionally Sensitive Information and SIOP stands for Single Integrated Operation Plan.

The organizations the man claims to have taken the documents to are companies with defense contracts. SRI presumably stands for the Stanford Research Institute, which is well-known in paranormal circles for its research into topics such as ESP and remote viewing.

Nick Pope, who worked for the UK MoD investigating UFOs in the 90s, told the Daily Express newspaper, “It’s clear from the language he uses and the information he has that he’s a genuine insider.”

“I’ve actually had some personal communication with this individual, and have no doubts about his background.” claims Pope.

Nick Pope (Credit: Peter Beste/OpenMinds.tv)
Nick Pope (Credit: Peter Beste/OpenMinds.tv)

Pope recently appeared at the International UFO Congress, and onstage he made clear he does not condone the release of classified information without going through the proper channels. On his Facebook page, Pope sought to clarify this point and his relations with the alleged witness.

Pope wrote: “To clarify my position and involvement, I’ve been in direct contact with the individual concerned for some time now. I’m working with him and with the [Daily Express] to try to find a way forward that will involve verifying the person’s identity, and verifying the information. That said, I have never endorsed the unauthorized release of classified information, and a key priority will be to seek assurances that any release is both lawful and proper.”

According to a recent story in the Daily Express, the newspaper was also able to get in touch the witness directly. They claim another concern the witness has is for the families of those who have lost their lives in connection to UFOs. Including, some who the witness believes may have lost their lives due to an attempt to share information that the government did not want out.

MUFON spokesperson and OpenMinds.tv contributor Roger Marsh told the Daily Express, “This historical case has been assigned to a field investigator within the Californian MUFON group.”

The witness told the Daily Express he recently spoke with MUFON investigators for over four hours.

When asked if he kept copies of the UFO documents he claims to have seen, the witness responded, “Legally, you are not authorized to walk off with classified information. That is treason and treason is a felony.”

He continued, “I do not possess anything other than my testimony and documents that authorize that I legitimately had the individual top-secret security clearances.”

I reached out to Pope via email to verify his statements and get an update on his research into this case, and while he does see some signs of authenticity in what the witness claims, Pope also advises caution.

“I’ve been in touch with the individual concerned for some time now. His phraseology certainly seems authentic – though obviously there’s so much freely-available material on the internet these days that a determined hoaxer can pick up enough terminology to convincingly sound like a genuine ‘insider’. The proof of the pudding will be in any material supplied, and on this point, while I’ve made it clear that the individual concerned should ensure that no classified information is released, I’ll be receiving some items shortly that will further help make an informed assessment,” explains Pope.

Pope continued, “I’ve seen some people attempt to pick holes in the story prior to any of the data being placed in the public domain, on the basis of some of the individual’s statements. I have no intention of entering into a debate about any of this, but would point out that in the shadowy world of intelligence a person will often alter a few details to mask the true identity of a source.”

OpenMinds.tv will keep you updated on MUFON and Pope’s findings.

Alejandro Rojas

Alejandro Rojas is a radio host for Open Minds Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as OpenMinds.tv. For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education. As a UFO/Paranormal researcher and journalist, Alejandro has spent many hours in the field investigating phenomena up close and personal. Alejandro has been interviewed by media organizations around the world, including the largest cable and network news agencies with several appearances on Coast to Coast AM.

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  1. I would like to see this witness if willing, to be interviewed by Head of Mufon, George Knapp, Don Ecker and Open Minds and Leslie Kean,,to determine if this witness and story passes the smell test of truth,,everybody else out! including Pope,,,,and hell no anybody associated with the Roswell Slide fraud fiasco ,,,, and especially nothing to do with a “Tattle Type News Paper” like the Daily Mail. (regular civilians won’t believe it if that news paper is involved,,,leave the real reporting to Mr George Knapp to see if it passes the smell test and proper way to announce findings correctly thru legitimate press releases.

    If it starts looking like a “Roswell Slide P.T. Barnum Show” to sell tickets or a web show ,, The Witness Paraded on Stage,,,Run ! Forget It ! Watch Your Wallet ! Cause it’s another Taken !

  2. As a retired Navy senior petty officer I can attest to one thing about this Navy guy’s statement. Entirely true. I was fortunate to work as a very young man (1973-74) for a number of men whose prior work experience included working in the crash and fire crews at Edwards Air Force base and specifically Dryden flight Center a part of NASA in the 50’s and 60’s. To show who these men were the two guys I dealt with on a daily basis were the two individuals who found Chuck Yeager wandering in the desert after his accident! They were personal friends with all the test pilots new Edwards the man who the base was named after and all the original 7 astronauts. One day as I was quiz them on their work there with the astronauts I asked them if they had every seen any exotic craft the public still didn’t know about. They both had been standing looking out the front window as we were all prone to do because of the view. One guy looked at the other and walked out. The other stayed there looking out the window. I asked if I had hit on a sensitive subject. He looked at me and with a stone cold face said. “Son, we have witnessed craft that are literally out of this world.”

  3. Will be very interesting to hear what he says were on those docs. Having said that I commend Mr. Pope on his cautious involvement.

  4. When the US military clearly and unambiguously derides and dismisses UFOs as anything to be worried about or interested in, than how can they legitimately take legal action against anyone who discloses information about such ufos? If they are of no concern to the military than what excuse do they use to go after those that expose the information about them?

  5. Memories fade and can become jumbled especially about the various security clearances in the world of telecommunications but I have a hard time believing someone who had a top secret clearance could confuse “Cosmic” with a code word. “Cosmic Top Secret” is a classification level in NATO and is equivalent to the United States’ Top Secret. There isn’t anything special about Cosmic Top Secret. But the most ludicrous part of his story is that the requirement to not disclose what he’d seen had expired. That never expires. When you are read out of the program you sign a document swearing you will never discuss or reveal what you were exposed to.

  6. I only hope an article like did does not go by the wayside and forgotten a few months from now. It’s stories like this and the poosibilty of exposing the truth that keeps this ship sailing along. However, these people are either quickly rebutted or found to be a fabrication. Let’s pray this story is updated and others continue to come forward till all know the real truth.

  7. [Jason
    March 14, 2016 at 7:13 pm
    “I only hope an article like did does not go by the wayside and forgotten a few months from now.”]

    Well there you go.

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