[Photo expert Bob Shell has closely followed the controversy over the alleged alien autopsy film since it first came to light in early 1995. He has attempted to assist in having the film properly analyzed and has maintained a more or less neutral stance on the authenticity of the film, pending some long-hoped-for decisive evidence that settles the issue. Now he has briefly reported his personal impression of a new videotape supposedly showing an interview with the alleged autopsy cameraman. Rumors of this video have been circulating for several months and have fueled speculation that the cameraman would soon be shown on television. According to Robert Kiviat, producer of the FOX TV special "Alien Autopsy, Fact or Fiction," the alleged cameraman interview is not suitable for television broadcast and efforts to do a more satisfactory interview have been repeatedly thwarted. Here is Bob Shell's verbatim statement concerning the existing video, dated September 24, 1996. CNI News will provide additional information as it becomes available.]
I got back from Germany last night [September 24].
I saw the cameraman video in Ray's [Santilli's] office on Friday afternoon, the 13th of September.
The conditions for letting me see it were that I could not quote from it or describe any of the details discussed, so I hope you will pardon me for being rather vague in what follows.
My impressions of the man are that he sounds genuine. I am pretty sure he is not an English actor because the accent is absolutely perfect and actors usually don't get it quite right. He DOES NOT have either a Brooklyn accent or a New York accent, contrary to what some who have talked to him claim (but they are not Americans and do not know regional accents). He does use some expressions which I would say are typical of New York, and my impression is of someone from elsewhere who has spent time in New York or around New Yorkers.
His face is visible on the video, but it is not clear and the lighting is awful (by intent, since they wanted him to be only in silhouette but forgot that video systems, unlike film, have brightness adjustments. Ray turned the brightness on his TV all the way up so I could see the face as well as possible.) Would I recognize the man if I bumped into him on the street? Maybe, but it is hard to say. He was wearing a baseball cap pulled down low, and this shaded his eyes and made it impossible to tell if he has any hair.
In his brief answers to questions he does provide several significant pieces of new information, and in one place his account differs slightly from his original statement, but this serves to make him more believable, not less so.
I'm sorry that I can't go into more detail, but I did promise to keep the content of the interview confidential. This is really all I can say at this point about it. After seeing and hearing the man I am much more disposed to accept him as who he claims to be and to accept his story as for the most part an accurate account.
I hope to be able to add more of substance in the near future.
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