Almost three minutes of video, known (and sold) as the “Alien Interview”, allegedly smuggled out of Area 51 by an anonymous source who refers to himself as “Victor”. As you will remember, anonymous source means, a priori, hoax.
It first came to light on the Art Bell radio show on 13th March, 1997 when ufologist Sean David Morton was interviewed. Morton claimed the interrogation was fairly recent, sometime in 1996, and that Bob Dean apparently cried at the advanced screening of the film.
As the video is still being milked, more than ten years later, it’s unlikely we will know who the hoaxers were too soon. We hope they will eventually come clean – hey, hoaxers, you may profit from the revelation too, as Santilli did!
Even believers have a hard time believing it, and two very interesting indications of hoax were discussed around. One claimed that “Victor” was none other than Bob Dean himself. Perhaps, perhaps not. I don’t think a clear conclusion can be drawn.
The other was this image:
It looks like the interrogated alien, but with much more detail. Unfortunately, here too, no definite match can be drawn because the original alien interview was of so poor quality. And then, there’s this:
Can you see how the man’s hands are mangled? It’s a terrible Photoshop job. Even the alien puppet could be a digital creation, made from the original video to portray a backstage photo.
Or not. This “backstage” image shows the alien with a lot more detail and definition. It could have been a hoaxed hoax, with texture added over, but if they did such a terrible job with the man’s hands, would they be so good in creating the fake fake alien?
My bet is that’s indeed an actual photo of the puppet used in the Alien Interview, but why would they Photoshop a man in there? In any event, it’s just a bet.
UPDATE 04/17/2011: Over in the comments below, Bayne identified the prop as coming from an episode of “Dark Skies”. And a recent thread in ATS, in a post by “freelance_zenarchist” nailed it without a doub.
So, we’re back to where we were regarding the Alien Interview video, as this backstage prop has no relation whatsoever to it. Why the hands of the Dark Skies artist seem mangled is yet another mystery to me.
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