The impact of any alien news today is unlikely to match that of 17 minutes of grainy black-and-white film footage released in 1995.
The so-called “alien autopsy tape” appeared to show three government pathologists in full-body hazmat suits dissecting the pale, potbellied corpse of an extraterrestrial being recovered from a UFO crash at Roswell in 1947.
Brit entrepreneur Ray Santilli claimed he obtained the video in 1992 from a retired US military cameraman while seeking archive footage of Elvis Presley in the US.
He went on to sell the footage to TV stations in 33 countries – before fellow film maker Spyros Melaris revealed last year they had actually faked the footage using animal organs and pig brains in a London flat – and managed to fool the world for a decade.
But now a 2001 document has electrified UFO hunters who believe the footage was not faked after all.
The new twist comes in the form of a leaked memo allegedly sent to aerospace billionaire Robert Bigelow from one of his physicists Eric Davis.
The note claims a former CIA scientist called Kit Green was “briefed three different times during and after his tenure at CIA on topics relevant to UFOs and the Roswell Incident Alien Autopsy”.
The memo, believed to have been leaked from the archives of late astronaut Edgar Mitchell, states: “After Kit left the CIA he was called into the Pentagon by a person in uniform.
“This person showed Kit the alien autopsy photos and reports etc.
“The photos of the alien cadaver Kit saw were consistent with the cadaver seen in the 1995 Santilli film/video.
“Kit was asked to professional evaluate the material provided to him at this particular briefing.”
According to the leaked document, Kit Green provided his professional evaluation of the footage in January 2001.
A summary of his evaluation stated: “The Alien Autopsy film/video is real, the alien cadaver is real, and the cadaver seen in the film/video is the same as the photos Kit saw at the 1987/88 Pentagon briefing.”
An email is also included in the memo in which Green reveals alien forensic tissue and organs were being stored at Walter Reed-Armed Forces Institute for Pathology Medical Museum in Washington DC.
When asked why there was so much debunking of the Santilli video when it first aired, Green said: “The PR folks around Santilli are indeed not operating with a full set of dishes, are a little dense and not very nice to boot.”
The memo has re-ignited the heated debate over the footage both in the US and in Britain with a number of top UFO researchers now publicly backing the film, including Linda Moulton Howe, Richard Dolan and Grant Cameron.
Linda Moulton Howe, an Emmy award winning documentary filmmaker, said in a Youtube video on her channel: “Those words from Dr Kit Green about the authenticity of the six-fingered, six-toed human dissected after retrieval from a 1947 UFO crash, it is confirmation that the Santilli film video is real.
“It is important.”