A Pentagon whistleblower known to have exposed UFOs accuses his former agency of waging a disinformation campaign against him, according to a report.
Luis Elizondo, who headed the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerial Threat Identification Program, filed a complaint with the Defense Department’s Inspector General, alleging malicious activity, professional misconduct and other breaches at the agency , according to Politico.
He said a senior official even went so far as to threaten to tell people he was crazy, potentially endangering his security clearance. “I responded … telling him that he could take whatever action he prudently deemed necessary, but that I was not mentally weakened and that I never violated my security oath,” Elizondo wrote. , adding that he feared reprisals from the official.
The complaint comes a month before a much-anticipated Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Report, or UAP, lands in Congress. Once a marginal topic of discussion, unexplained objects in the sky are evolving far beyond science fiction to be viewed as real phenomena that could pose a threat to national security.
“I want us to take it seriously and have a process to take it seriously,” Senator Marco Rubio told 60 Minutes.
The Inspector General’s office did not give Politico details on the status of Elizondo’s complaint, although his legal team said it would meet with IG investigators in June.
In the complaint, Elizondo also accused the Defense Ministry press service of trying to discredit him with misleading comments.
“Several internet bloggers have been told… that I have no obligation regarding AATIP and that AATIP does not involve studying UAPs,” Elizondo wrote. “As a result, bloggers started posting stories accusing me of being a maker. “
Since his retirement from the Pentagon, Elizondo has called for more government interest and resources around understanding UFOs. “Leadership involvement was almost non-existent,” he said, even as “reports from the UAP to our office increased.”
“I have been alarmed by the frequency and duration of UAP activities in and around controlled US airspace,” he wrote in the complaint. “The examples seemed more provocative, and in one case they approached an American fighter plane.”