One of the mysteries surrounding the original NY Times article that revealed AATIP to the world, Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program, has been, who provided the NY Times with the two UFO videos they published and furthermore, who tipped off the NY Times about the AATIP story in general?
The first question seems to now be answered. In an interview with Yale podcast Take this Job and Love It, Chris Mellon states:
“…after the videos were released to the New York Times, which I was the person who did that, actually that will be coming out in the documentary this summer…more information about that.”
The documentary Mellon is referring to might be season two of TTSA’s History Channel UFO program, Unidentified. Another contender, a film where Mellon’s appearance has also been confirmed, is James Fox’s The Phenomenon.
Researcher Paul Scott Anderson reminded me that many people assumed Luis Elizondo provided the NY Times with the UFO videos, something that Elizondo has denied from the start. Like questions regarding whether Elizondo was the point man for AATIP, he may now to be vindicated on this front as well.
In various articles written by Mellon, and again in this interview, he continues to hammer home the point that incursions of unknown aircraft into US airspace continue to happen on a regular basis.
Most of TTSA, especially Chris Mellon and to some degree Luis Elizondo, have stayed away from talking about aliens or other entities. (Tom DeLonge on the other hand has talked about them over and over again.) The political reasons behind this were explained in season one of Unidentified. To sum up, they want the facts and data to speak for themselves, rather than jumping to conclusions. They certainly don’t want to scare anyone away with talk of aliens (etc.) too early. Over time, Elizondo has dropped more hints than Chris Mellon, but even now Mellon seems to be slightly coming around publicly. Namely in a highlight of this interview when the host asked Mellon if he believed in life outside of earth. Mellon replied:
I am absolutely convinced that there is life beyond of earth… and the Copernican Revolution, I think we’re near, we’re approaching the point soon where the trends that he started, the recognition that we are not… the universe does not revolve around us and we’re not the central focal point of it and we’re not special or unique… that’s culminating… and in our lifetime, in your lifetime, that will become an acknowledged fact. In terms of hope for the future, my hope is that we can fix and rectify some structural problems and mismatches between our form of government and challenges we face as a species and a nation.