“What he says is that there are certain individuals in the Department of Defense who actually attacked him and publicly lied about him, using the color of the authority of their offices to belittle and discredit him and his ability to search.” and to get disrupted employment in the world, “said Daniel Sheehan, Elizondo’s attorney. “And also threatens his security check.”
Sheehan, an attorney and public interest activist, has a long history take over the federal government on behalf of high profile clients, including defending the New York Times on the Pentagon Papers case as well as one of the Watergate burglars.
He is also widely viewed as a provocateur who has an ongoing interest in UFOs and UFOs has spoken publicly about extraterrestrial visits. He has also served as a consultant to the Disclosure Project, led by ufologist Steven Greer, which has sought to force UFOs to be more transparent about government.
When asked for a comment, Elizondo referred questions to Sheehan.
Sheehan claims the goal of Elizondo’s IG complaint is much greater than clearing his name: to force the Pentagon to clear any ambiguity about what it knows about UFOs.
“Nobody seemed to be taking this matter seriously,” Sheehan said of Elizondo’s concerns when he left the Pentagon in 2017. “The different units and different groups responsible for responding to this particular phenomenon … do not inform each other about it.”
“The old dodging,” says Sheehan, “is” well, the real problem was that one business wasn’t communicating with the other. “It’s the classic bureaucratic evasion. I’m trying to get the Department of Defense to clarify to the public and the media what exactly the Department of Defense cartography is to deal with this particular phenomenon.”
A spokesman for the Defense Department’s IG office declined to comment on the status of Elizondo’s complaint. “I can’t speculate or think about any complaints our office may have received,” said Dwrena Allen. “I certainly cannot confirm or deny the existence of an investigation.”
But the day after Elizondo filed his complaint, the IG announced an investigation into the Pentagon’s “actions” against UFOs by the Assistant Inspector General for Assessments of Space, Intelligence, Engineering and Oversight.
“We can revise the target as the evaluation progresses and will consider management proposals for additional or revised targets,” said the IG’s memo announcing the investigation.
It remains unclear whether Elizondo’s claims merit official investigation, but his legal team says he will meet again with IG investigators next month.
Elizondo has become a minor celebrity since he left the Pentagon in October 2017 and went public through the Advanced Aerial Threat Identification Program (AATIP), a secret Pentagon campaign initiated by the then Sen in 2008. Harry Reid. POLITICO and the New York Times revealed the existence of the office and the role of Elizondo in it in December 2017.
At the time, Elizondo complained that his Pentagon bosses did not take numerous encroachments into military airspace by high-performance aircraft of unknown origin.
“During this time, I became increasingly frustrated with the lack of resources and interest from top management,” the IG complaint said. “UAP reporting to our office increased, but our resources were minimal and executive involvement was almost non-existent.
“As frustration grew,” he added, “I was alarmed by the frequency and duration of UAP activity in and around controlled US airspace. Instances seemed more provocative, and in one case they were meters from you US fighter plane removed. “
After retiring from government service, Elizondo also shared this with the media a trio of Navy videos He was released before leaving government service.
He claims he has since made coordinated efforts to slander his reputation, including Pentagon press releases claiming he did not play an official role in UFO research, even after his role was officially confirmed. He also claims personal revenge from a Pentagon rival who he claims repeatedly attempted to harm his career, including trying to have him investigated over the release of the video after being cleared of any wrongdoing.
Elizondo accuses “malicious activity, coordinated disinformation, professional misconduct, reprisals against whistleblowers and explicit threats from certain senior Pentagon officials,” according to the complaint, which contains dozens of pieces of evidence.
POLITICO refuses to publish the names of the Pentagon officials quoted in the IG complaint as it is unclear whether they will be investigated.
But Elizondo told the IG that he had evidence in the form of emails, documents and public records “indicating a coordinated effort to hide the truth from the American people while my reputation as a former intelligence officer at the Pentagon is being questioned. “
“These negative actions against me have created great personal and professional challenges for me and my family,” he adds in the complaint.
When Elizondo recounted an episode in the days after he retired from government service, he claimed that a senior official warned him that he was “telling people that you are crazy and that this could affect your security clearance”.
“I responded … by telling him that he can take whatever action he thinks is reasonable, but that I was neither mentally impaired nor had I ever broken my safety oath,” wrote Elizondo in the complaint, saying he was up not met with that again officially “after our discussion when I feared he would take retaliation against me.”
The IG complaint also alleges that the Pentagon’s public relations campaign carried out a disinformation campaign to discredit him by pointing out that he lied about his UFO work.
He cites several public statements claiming the department has no record of his involvement in UFOs even after saying he did Work for AATIP.
“Several internet bloggers were notified … that I had no obligations regarding AATIP and that AATIP did not include studying UAPs,” Elizondo told the IG. “As a result, the bloggers started circulating reports accusing me of being a processor.”
He said when he asked why the Pentagon changed its official story about AATIP, he alleged someone directly involved told him he was “not happy with the way this is being handled internally with the department” . The official also said that he “knew I was running AATIP, but the forces inside the building told him not to admit it,” said Elizondo.
The Pentagon Public Affairs Office declined to comment on the story.
The Department of Defense this month publicly recognized in a statement that the AATIP program was involved in UFO research but did not correct the record of Elizondo’s involvement, he says.
“It goes beyond simple ambiguity,” Sheehan said. “There [are] actual mismatched narratives going on. You admit that there is considerable confusion. “
Elizondo claims efforts to punish him for getting ahead will continue. The IG complaint states that its release of the three unclassified UFO videos was investigated by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and “there were no results that I made any type of unauthorized disclosure”.
But he said he was contacted this April by the Counterintelligence and Defense Security Agency, which advised him to undergo a new interview to maintain his clearance, despite renewal in January 2021. And he claims there were concerns about violating the rules when he made the UFO videos public.
“Despite a previous positive AFOSI investigation, I am accused of posting the videos in an unauthorized manner,” he wrote in the IG complaint.
Elizondo has further publicly claimed that he believes the government is covering up what it knows about UFO sightings. And Sheehan also claims that Elizondo’s experience in the Pentagon’s bureaucracy means a much deeper opposition to purification.
He said there was “this extraordinarily bizarre process at the heart of the national security state bureaucracy in which officers general and defense ministers are not being informed of anything that is transparent in their area of responsibility.”
“This is a profound and fundamental issue that they consider to be above their pay grade,” Sheehan added. “They know something is going on and they don’t dare go there.”