Former Pentagon official claims government is trying to silence him over UFO knowledge

On the Fox special TMZ Investigates: UFOs: The Pentagon Proof Tuesday, host Harvey Levin dug deeper into the new US government report on UFOs, which says they can't explain 144 sightings. And one of the people tasked with investigating such things was Pentagon counterintelligence official Lue Elizondo, who said that he believes the government is in possession of “exotic material.” He resigned in 2017 after 22 years because he said those above him refused to present his findings to then-defense Secretary James Mattis.

“I was facing significant resistance informing some of the most senior levels of DOD leadership about our findings,” Elizondo said. “And I wrote in my resignation letter what I thought the boss needed to hear, and that was that these things are real. That we have real evidence from not only trained observers but electro-optical devices, and also from radar data, and that these things were operating with impunity within controlled US airspace.”

In the time since his resignation, Elizondo said the Pentagon threatened his security clearance which would ultimately make it harder for him to get a job in his fields of expertise.

“That's a very clear way of saying, ‘Hey, you better mind your manners. You better shut up. Otherwise, we're gonna shut you up,’” Elizondo said.

But as he’s continued to speak out, the Pentagon took things a step further by denying that he was ever even a part of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, also known as AATIP, which investigates UFOs. A move that Elizondo says is “absolutely an attempt to smear my reputation.” And he says that the personal and professional toll has been severe, and that he now lives in the middle of nowhere.

“I don't know if I'm gonna have a job tomorrow, to be quite honest with you," Elizondo said. "Just for having this conversation with you.”

TMZ Investigates: UFOs: The Pentagon Proof aired Tuesday night on FOX.

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