[Noted British crop circle researcher George Wingfield is keeping a close watch on the unfolding controversy of the "Roswell" film footage. This is the latest in a series of reports carried in CNI news.]
Ray Santilli assured me today that he would soon give a further screening of part of the alleged Roswell footage which has not yet been seen. This would take place in London at a date yet to be fixed but roughly between June 8 and June 14. This time we would see the "debris field" (presumably on the Brazel ranch) and the camera would show alien symbols which are visible on some parts of the wreckage. He said that interested parties would be able to have a look at and note the shape of the symbols and possibly provide help in translating them. This might be of great interest to people. (One could also compare them with those Roswell I-beam symbols on a modern replica of the I-beam which is pictured in the March 1995 MUFON Journal.)
When asked whether he had the exact date of the autopsy scene (shown in London on May 5th), which supposedly took place in a military hospital in Dallas or Fort Worth, he replied, "I do." He did not give me the date but promised to discuss this when we meet. In a sequence not yet shown, which apparently forms part of the autopsy sequence, President Truman is seen behind a glass window on one side of the operating theatre. Stanton Friedman (who met with Santilli at length on June 1) has said that the Truman Library has no record of the president being in Texas between July 1 and September 30, 1947.
He said the reason that the autopsy sequence was the first to be shown was that this footage always had good light contrast. Other segments of film needed to be "light-blasted" and cleaned. The Truman footage was being cleaned currently and would hopefully be available by August for its public showing (i.e. at the BUFORA conference in Sheffield, England).
Santilli clarified various points and denied some rumours concerning his company which have been put out on the Internet. Firstly, he says his company, Merlin, was not the company which provided publicity and sponsorship for Doug & Dave's circle-faking claims in September 1991. Merlin, he tells me, came into existence in 1992 and has had nothing to do with ufology or with crop circles. He "had never heard of Doug & Dave" until recently. Secondly, Merlin Productions/Merlin Communications is not in receivership as has been claimed.
What role, if any, has been played by Mr Carl Nagatis is still unclear. I will at some stage try to establish whether Nagatis is Santilli's publicity agent or not. Carl Nagatis is the person who co-authored a book on alien abduction with [BUFORA investigator] Philip Mantle titled "Without Consent."
Obviously one needs to evaluate this film with some skepticism and defer drawing any firm conclusions until at least we have had a chance of examining and dating the actual footage. Until then we need to be scrupulously accurate in reporting all the circumstances. This has not always been the case as regards certain material put out on the Internet about Santilli or the film. I will continue to report what Santilli says and, if ever that can be proved to be untrue, we should not hesitate to say so. However, unsubstantiated reports about him, his company, and his associates do not do ufology (in the name of which this material is promulgated) any great credit.
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