In Brazil, ufologists are trying to locate a videotape that may have been smuggled out of a military installation by a Brazilian soldier. The video is believed to show several strange creatures who allegedly survived a UFO crash north of Varginha, Minas Gerais state, last January 20.
According to Brazil's Planeta magazine, published August 23, 1996, while the creatures -- widely thought to be aliens -- were being held at the Hospital Humanitas in the town of Campinas on January 21 and 22, they were filmed by an officer of the Servico de Intelligencia do Exercito (Army Intelligence Service), better known as S-2.
On May 30, 1996, Minister of the Army Zenildo Zoroastro de Luneta reportedly convened a meeting of 30 senior officers to discuss the Varginha case. According to Rogerio Porto Breir, the Planeta article's author, among those present at the meeting were Army chief of staff General Paulo Neves de Aquino and General Sergio Coelho Lima, who commanded the Varginha operation thought to involve both a UFO retrieval and capture of several aliens.
Gen. Coelho Lima reportedly briefed the others on the capture and then passed around still color photographs of the aliens. Afterward, Gen. Neves de Aquino reportedly had a VCR brought in so they could all watch the videotape. When it was over, several officers said they wanted to go to Campinas to see the aliens "in the flesh." However, Minister de Luneta allegedly told them that this was not possible because the aliens were "now at a detention camp in the EUA (United States)."
According to Brazilian ufologist Pedro Cunha, someone at S-2 headquarters in Campinas made a copy of the official tape and brought it home with him. Months later, the soldier's 16-year-old daughter Rosalia and her best friend, Capitolina, were rummaging through the family's video collection when they found the unmarked tape. Thinking it contained X-rated entertainment, Rosalia and Capitolina put it in the VCR.
Instead of a sex scene, the girls reportedly saw "horrible creatures" ambling around what looked like a hospital room. Horrified by the aliens' appearance, they began screaming. Rosalia's father rushed into the room, saw what they were watching, and began yelling at both girls. He then confiscated the videotape and told them both to forget they ever saw it.
Rather than remain quiet, however, the girls told all their friends at school, and now the story is all over the state of Sao Paulo.
CNI News comments: Whether the videotape exists or not is a matter for speculation, but it seems at this point highly improbable that it remains in the hands of the pilfering soldier. Though his name is not given in the previous text, the public actions of his daughter (if true) mean his identify cannot be a mystery to his military superiors. If they care at all about this video, they will have gotten it back -- and the soldier may well be in serious trouble. That no mention was made of these likelihoods seems to us good reason to doubt that the real video ever got loose.
Nonetheless, as details about the Varginha case continue to emerge, it seems almost indisputable that something quite extraordinary has occurred in Brazil. CNI News will continue to follow this developing story.
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