[The following information was divulged by Dr. Roger Leir in an exclusive interview on Sightings on the Radio with Jeff Rense on August 14, 1997. Leir, a California-based podiatrist, and his colleague Derrel Sims, a Texas-based hypnotherapist and abduction researcher, are best known for their controversial surgical removals of possible "alien implants" from several alleged abductees. This text is a slightly edited version of a story written by Jeff Rense, whose full text is posted on the web at http://www.sightings.com. Rense told CNI News that even after the public radio broadcast, Leir at first refused to allow this information to be posted on the web. Rense speculates that Leir may have had second thoughts about making these revelations after the radio interview; however, in due course Leir did grant permission for this information to be posted. CNI News thanks Jeff Rense for permission to reproduce this story.]
British entertainment entrepreneur Ray Santilli has reportedly given over four frames of his now legendary "Alien Autopsy" film for scientific analysis which could establish the best evidence yet for the film's authenticity.
This exclusive news was revealed on Jeff Rense's Sightings radio program on Thursday, August 14, during an interview with Dr. Roger K. Leir, a [California-based] MUFON Assistant Section Director and frequent guest on the program. (The program may be heard via the AudioNet Archives and can be accessed from the Sightings website homepage.)
Both skeptics and supporters of the film's authenticity have been engaged in heated debate over Mr. Santilli's heretofore refusal to provide samples of the film for official scientific analysis and potential authentication. Doubters and skeptics have maintained that if the film were authentic, and Mr. Santilli knew it to be so, he would have long ago provided the tiny amount of original film necessary to validate its age and pedigree. Since he has always refused, [they say], the film must be a fraud.
In his broadcast conversation with Rense, Dr. Leir [said that] he and his colleague, [Houston-based abduction and UFO investigator] Derrel Sims were recently invited to lunch with Ray Santilli, who discussed with them a number of issues about the Alien Autopsy film and its history of public exposure since he first acquired it. Leir stated that Santilli indicated major unhappiness and disappointment over how the film's release has been received, and expressed great frustration with the entire process of exposing it to the general public.
Dr. Leir revealed to Rense that Ray Santilli then passed into their possession four frames of the original film, on the strict and absolute condition that it be thoroughly analysed by the best appropriate scientific experts, and that the results of the analysis of the film and any remainder of the four frames themselves be returned to him without public disclosure of the results; that he, Santilli, would decide if, how, and when those results will be made public.
Leir and Sims agreed.
Dr. Leir stated to Rense that the analysis and evaluation will be performed by the best scientific and technical experts in the film industry, and the results will be sent directly, without public comment, to Ray Santilli per the agreed upon conditions.
Rense further inquired of Dr. Leir why Santilli has never come forward himself and offered a sample of the original film for analysis. Leir stated Santilli explained that if had he done so this long after the film's release, he would no doubt become the center of a new controversy over his timing and would probably be accused of media manipulation and charges of hoax, allegations he has no desire to experience.
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