Bob Lazar used an alias to tell the world about Area 51 in 1989 interview
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Bob Lazar once used an alias to tell the world about Area 51 in a 1989 interview, having wanted to protect his identity as he opened up about the US military’s secret studies into extra-terrestrial life.
He said he was hired in the late 1980s to reverse-engineer extraterrestrial technology at the site, purporting to have not only seen US government briefing documents on the topic, but also an actual alien craft.
But while today he is known as an outspoken conspiracy theorist, back in the early days of his whistleblowing, Lazar was a little more inconspicuous.
Back in the 1980s, he made astonishing claims about the US military in a live interview with CBS’ KLAS-TV, in which he appeared as a shadowy figure named ‘Dennis’.
Sharing the footage again in 2019, the channel said Dennis was actually Lazar using an alias to protect his identity.
Introducing the segment, anchor Denise Valdez said: “A lot has changed in the decade since Bob Lazar first told this wild story.
“The Pentagon recently admitted that it really has been secretly studying UFOs, and that it wanted to figure out and duplicate that technology.”
In Lazar’s original 1989 interview, he said: “There's really no way I can prove it without revealing my identity and getting myself into more trouble than I have already.”
When asked ‘exactly what’s going on up there’, Lazar replied: “Well, there’s several – actually, nine – flying saucers, flying discs, that are out there of extra-terrestrial origin, and they’re basically being dismantled.
“Some are in various stages of completion, built from other parts, and they’re being test-flown and basically just analysed.”
Lazar said some of the saucers were ‘a hundred percent intact and operate perfectly’.
“The other ones are being taken apart,” he added.
“I was involved mainly in propulsion, in the power source, and basically as far as I can remember, about half of them do operate.
“And the other half are just being torn down basically to analyse the components.”
Lazar admitted he hadn’t ‘the slightest idea’ how the saucers had landed in the hands of the government, saying: “You have to understand the information is very compartmentalised.”