White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dodged a reporter’s question concerning extraterrestrial life to the Department of Defense (DOD) during the White House press briefing on Tuesday 6 June.
The question was related to a recent report from a whistleblower who claims the US government has concealed physical evidence of “non-human origin” from Congress and filed a complaint for alleged retaliation.
The reporter asked Ms Jean-Pierre: “This whistleblower report alleging that the US military’s been retrieving craft of non-human origin for at least several decades. Are we alone? And if we were not, would you even tell us?”
In response, Ms Jean-Pierre said she: “would refer that question to the Department of Defense and let them answer that”.
The whistleblower, David Charles Grusch, is an Air Force veteran and former member of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and National Reconnaissance Office.
The whistleblower, David Charles Grusch, is an Air Force veteran and former member of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and National Reconnaissance Office. Mr Grusch served as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s senior technical adviser for Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) analysis with Top Secret/Secret Compartmented Information clearance, according to The Debrief.
He claims during his time on the UAP task force, he was refused access to a materials recovery programme that included physical evidence of crafts. He believes the materials recovery programme was shielded from proper congressional oversight.
“These are retrieving non-human origin technical vehicles, call it a spacecraft if you will, non-human exotic origin vehicles that have either landed or crashed,” Mr Grusch told NewsNation this week.
Mr Grusch told The Debrief that he chose to share the classified information, confidentially to the Department of Defense Inspector General, but that his identity was somehow disclosed.
Now, he’s filed a whistleblower complaint, alleging that he suffered retaliation for disclosing the confidential information.
The Independent has reached out to the Intelligence Community Insepctor General for comment regarding the whistleblower complaint.
Sue Gough, a spokesperson for the DOD said in a statement provided to The Independent that to-date the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) does not have any, “any verifiable information to substantiate claims that any programs regarding the possession or reverse-engineering of extraterrestrial materials have existed in the past or exist currently.”
The All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) investigates unidentified flying objects and other phenomena in the air, sea, land or space.
Ms Gough said the AARO is “committed to following the data and its investigation wherever it leads” adding that they are working with the Office of the General Counsel and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations to establish “a safe and secure process for individuals ot come forward with information to aid AARO in it’s congressionally-mandated historical review.”
“AARO welcomes the opportunity to speak with any former or current government employee or contractor who believes they have information relevant to the historical review,” Ms Gough added.