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Cosmic cover-up alleged

UFO-SPOTTERS are convinced that Bobby Inman, United States Defense Secretary designate and expert in satellite intelligence, is a repository of vital information about flying saucers, writes Elizabeth Nash.

Bob Oechsler, a UFO enthusiast from Edgewater, Maryland, says he approached Admiral Inman in May 1988 'seeking guidance on how to get access to information on non-human-made disk technology' (a euphemism for UFOs) in government hands, and that the admiral 'validated that the government had information, and provided me with the names of people I should see'.

Stan Freedman, a nuclear space systems researcher, who has written 62 academic papers and a book about UFOs, believes that Admiral Inman holds the secrets to 'a cosmic Watergate', a massive cover-up of a flying saucer crash in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947.

A researcher at the US Center for Military History in Washington yesterday confirmed that the government had been 'obsessively secret' about objects crashing in the New Mexico desert in 1947, but suggested that this had more to do with the Cold War space-race.