International Roswell Initiative

February 26, 1996

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Subject; Major expose about the so-called "alien autopsy footage" in the March issue of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) Journal

It is estimated that over ten million people in the United States watched the first broadcast of Fox network's "Allen Autopsy: Fact or Fiction" last August. The highly skewed documentary featured film footage supposedly showing the autopsy of an alien by the U.S. military in 1947. The footage, which has been shown by television networks worldwide, is claimed to have been acquired from the official military cameraman who filmed the autopsy. Reportedly, the program is going to be broadcast again, this time featuring an anonymous "interview" with the alleged military cameraman.

The MUFON Journal article points out a myriad of discrepancies in the film and brings to public attention two important offers of verification which could settle the matter of the films authenticity once and for all. Leaders of UFO organizations around the world consider the film a hoax and are concerned about its potential damage to the credibility of serious UFO research. The comprehensive MUFON Journal article is being translated into a number of languages and, at last count, will be published, either in part or in its entirety, by UFO organizations in 14 countries -- Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United States.

The article contains some very enlightening information, not yet in the public domain, about the alleged alien autopsy film. Graham Birdsall, editor of UFO magazine in the U.K., will officially reveal the details of the article at a conference in Leeds, England, on March 2, 1996. Birdsall, recently interviewed by British television on the subject, expects extensive press coverage for the announcement.

The author of the article is Kent Jeffrey, coordinator of the International Roswell Initiative (IRI). The IRI is a serious grassroots organization with the goal of getting to the truth about the 1947 Roswell UFO incident. The organization has already collected over 20,000 signed copies of a declaration requesting an executive order to declassify any government-held information on Roswell or the UFO phenomenon in general. The signatories include two retired Air Force generals and two former U.S. astronauts, one of whom walked on the moon.

The following items are immediately available to interested organizations or publications for release on or after March 2nd: a copy of a letter from Graham Birdsall commenting on the importance of the article; a copy of the article; and four eight-by-ten-inch black and white photographs meant to accompany the article. One of the photographs, "McGovern at Nagasaki," will be on the cover of the March MUFON Journal. The International Roswell Initiative can be reached by phone or fax at (404) 240-0655 or by emall at . The Mutual UFO Network is located at 103 Oldtowne Road, Seguin, TX 78155, and can be reached by phone at (210) 379-9216 or by fax at (210) 372-9439.

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