Photo of Richard Theilmann, (Lt Commander) at New York Naval Commandery
In the period immediately after Theilmann's February 2008 leak, other sources came forward to disclose the existence of secret discussions at the UN. The most important was a French UFO researcher, Gilles Lorant, who claims to have participated in closed door discussions on February 13-14. He described a new openness policy had been adopted by up to 28 nations, and this would begin in 2009 provided two conditions were met. One was that UFOs would continue to appear in large numbers, and that liberal democratic societies would not be destabilized by official openness on the UFO issue. Lorant's testimony was supported by other sources including well known UFO researcher Dr Stephen Greer who knew of the French interest in disclosing the truth about extraterrestrial life.
On May 24, I had a telephone conversation with Richard Theilmann about how he would respond to the outing of him by Stephen Broadbent, and the attempt to discredit him as a hoax. Theilmann explained that he was being coerced, and that as we were speaking, his military records were being expunged in case a failsafe contingency was activated to protect more senior Navy officials involved in the sanctioned leaking of the UN UFO discussions. The failsafe, if activated, would lead to him being arrested for impersonating a military officer and his public discrediting by the mainstream media. It had earlier been explained to me that the failsafe would lead to him serving a short stint in prison before being released, and reassigned for another covert mission involving extraterrestrial life. "Coincidentally' a case of an ex-Navy Commander impersonating a military officer appeared on May 2. Was this rare occurrence just a "coincidence', a veiled "warning' to Theilmann, and/or was the public was being conditioned to accept a failsafe contingency in case Theilmann was outed? Another question worth asking is whether Broadbent and his investigatory team was being assisted in their outing of Theilman by opponents of the Navy's effort to disclose the existence of UFOs?
In another "coincidence' it was announced one day later on May 21 that Dennis Blair, a former four star Navy Admiral, was forced to resign as Director of National Intelligence. Blair was someone with the background experiences on UFOs that would be open to supporting a covert Navy effort to disclose the existence of UFOs and extraterrestrial life, and briefing President Obama. Among the stated factors that went against Blair was that he wanted to promote closer intelligence ties between the U.S. and France. That's another curious "coincidence' given the role of Lorant (and French military intelligence) in disclosing the existence of UN UFO discussions back in February 2008. Theilmann supported my suspicion of a link, and stated in our conversation that Blair's resignation was part of a "pushback' against the Navy. If a pushback is indeed occurring, it very likely is being orchestrated by the same forces that were earlier involved in silencing UN diplomats from discussing the secret UFO discussions. Along with Theilmann, two other sources confirmed that such coercion was being used against diplomats. One source was a serving European Ambassador who requested anonymity in revealing that such coercion was indeed happening.
In order to avoid the activation of the failsafe mechanism whereby his military records would be expunged, Theilmann explained to me that in a forthcoming telephone conversation he would have with Broadbent, tentatively arranged for May 25, he would discredit himself by saying that the UN UFO story was something he had fabricated based on events that occurred while he was at the United Nations in February 2008. His strategy was that by telling Broadbent that he made most of it up, based on conversations he had overheard, that further investigations by Broadbent et al would end. Theilmann hoped that the UN UFO issue would die away, and the failsafe would not be activated. Basically, I was being told that Theilmann was prepared to backtrack and lie to Broadbent about the reality of the UFO discussions at the UN in order to avert the failsafe mechanism. Theilmann's intent was to protect his superiors in the covert world, the regular Navy and his own public humiliation if he was arrested for impersonating an officer.
Based on conversations subsequent to the outing of Richard Theilmann, nothing has deterred me from the conclusion that the secret UN discussions on UFOs occurred as Theilman, Lorant and other sources have described all along. Theilman's visit to the Naval Warfare Center in April 2008 to meet with Dr Maccabee reveals that he did have a current military ID badge and security clearances, as he showed to me and other researchers. The documents witnessed supported Theilman's claim that he had been reactivated from reserve status. Theilmann's advance warning to me that he is about to admit to deceiving the Pickering brothers, who first told me about the UN UFO discussions, is itself a lie where he will directly seek to discredit himself.
I understand Theilmann's predicament given the failsafe contingency he claims is hanging over his head that entails arrest and publicly discrediting him for impersonating an officer. The existence of such failsafe mechanisms is certainly one of the more inconvenient aspects of working in the covert world. Perhaps this article may prevent such a mechanism from being activated, and even dissuade him from disavowing his earlier stated positions as relayed by a number of intermediaries including this writer. I fervently hope so. His testimony is important and was a key part of an unfolding puzzle of official UN interest in UFOs and extraterrestrial life. Nevertheless, Theilmann has always been one among a number of sources revealing the existence of secret UFO discussions at the UN. The policy implications that such meetings have had at an international level are important to investigate more closely. That is especially so if there is a current pushback against UFO/extraterrestrial disclosure going forward, and primary sources are being silenced and/or threatened with arrest if they don't disavow their testimonies.
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