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Nick Pope On MoD Files

From: Nick Pope <malbooking.nul>
Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 01:47:48 +0100
Archived: Fri, 23 May 2008 11:28:26 -0400
Subject: Nick Pope On MoD Files

I'm still heavily committed with media work in relation to the
release of the MoD's UFO files, but thought I should post
responses to the most frequently asked questions that have been
posed to me over the last week or so:

Q. What role did you play in the release?

A. Staff at the National Archives asked me to review the files
earlier this year and pick out a selection of cases that might
be of interest to the media. I discuss some of these on a
podcast filmed at the National Archives and available on their
website. I also assisted with publicity, by alerting my media
contacts to the release beforehand and encouraging them to get
on the distribution list of an embargoed press release that was
issued shortly before the files were made public.

Q. Does this mean that you're still working for the government?

A. No. I was asked to review the files simply because I'd worked
on them whilst employed by the MoD. My work for the National
Archives was undertaken in a private capacity.

Q. The files contain numerous UFO reports, but little
information on the MoD's subsequent investigations. Why is this?

A. Firstly, we only have 8 files out of a total of around 160.
One has to see them all to get a complete picture. But secondly,
investigations don't necessarily generate the paper trail that
ufologists expect. Details of MoD's investigative methodology
(or at least the methodology I applied) can be found in the
seventh answer in the following interview:


Q. When will you say more about this and how can we ask you
more detailed questions about the files?

A. I'll be on the Now That's Weird radio show on Friday evening
and Coast To Coast on Sunday night, for 3 hours. I'll also be
giving presentations about this at the Now That's Weird
conference in Glastonbury on June 21-22, MUFON's annual
symposium in San Jose on July 24-26 and the Crash Retrieval
Conference in Las Vegas on November 7-9:






Best wishes,

Nick Pope


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