The odds of hearing a UFO coverup story that doesn’t involve David Duchovny or a certain cigarette-smoking man are pretty slim, but a former UFO investigator in the U.K. says it really happened in his government. In fact, he says the “most compelling” UFO evidence he’d ever seen didn’t just vanish. It was destroyed.
Nick Pope served in the U.K.’s Ministry of Defence for 21 years, including four years in the early ’90s heading up the MoD’s UFO project. It was during those years of alien investigation that he discovered “easily the most compelling UFO photo I’ve ever seen in my life.”
The photo was taken in the summer of 1990 in Perthshire, in central Scotland. Two men saw a large, diamond-shaped object in the sky hovering for about 10 minutes before it shot rapidly higher and disappeared. They even witnessed military planes making several passes by the strange craft. Of course, one of them took some photos, and one of those images found its way to Pope.
“It went to the technical specialists at the Defence Intelligence Staff and elsewhere. Their results of the analysis were that this was the real thing—it wasn’t a faked photo,” he said. “Now, the interesting postscript to this story is that I actually had a copy of this. It was one of the things blown up on my office wall when I was at the UFO project.”
Documents declassified by the MoD in 2009 reveal that this incident merited an investigation by, as they say, Top Men. Whether they found anything out is unclear, but the photo seems to have mysteriously vanished.
“One day the head of division took it down and locked it in a drawer because he didn’t think we should be displaying something like that,” Pope said.
But it wasn’t just missing from a wall in an MoD office. According to Pope, when the ministry released the UFO project’s files, the image was nowhere to be found, and when he asked about it he was told “we have no record of where this went.” He now believes the photo and all copies of it were destroyed.
Pope knows that by telling a story like this he’s igniting conspiracy fires across the Internet, but he’s also willing to admit that there’s a less nefarious explanation for why the images were destroyed.
“I suspect that certain people thought that this was some secret prototype aircraft, a next-generation stealth that maybe nobody should be seeing and maybe somebody quietly put it through the shredder and thought they were doing us a favor,” he said.
Sure, that could be it. In the meantime, somebody keep an eye on Mr. Pope to make sure he doesn’t vanish, or worse, starting acting really weird and bleeding green acid.