"The best thing that could come out of this job is to prove that there are aliens."
After getting some intense media grilling about whistleblower reports, the man who headed up the Pentagon's UFO office is stepping down.
As Politico reports, Sean Kirkpatrick is leaving his role as the director of the Department of Defense's All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) after less than 18 months on the job and will be replaced by his deputy, Tim Phillips, until the Pentagon can appoint a more permanent director.
Notably, Kirkpatrick's exit from the office came just over a week after a protracted media exchange in which he admitted that claims made by whistleblower David Grusch — whose allegations about widespread alien coverups and the government's possession of reverse-engineered alien technology the AARO head had previously called "insulting" — just might have had some merit after all.
"We're investigating each and every one of [Grusch's claims]," the now-resigned AARO director said during the off-camera Halloween meeting with the press. "We're cross-referencing those. There are some bits of information that are turning out to be things and events that really happened."
"A lot of it is still under review," Kirkpatrick continued, "and we're putting all that together into our historical report."
Earth to Mothership
As Politico points out, Kirkpatrick postponed his planned retirement to take the reins as the first director of the AARO when it was established under its current name and purview in 2022 — and reading between the lines, he may have done so in part because he, like Grusch, believes the truth is out there.
Indeed, while still in his role as the head of the department tasked with coordinating military reports on what the government refers to as "unidentified aerial phenomena" or UAPs, Kirkpatrick teamed up with Harvard's divisive alien hunter Avi Loeb in authoring a paper about a potential "alien mothership."
In an interview with Politico about his resignation, Kirkpatrick said that the paper he authored with Loeb was a draft that wasn't meant to be published, but that he didn't regret his involvement in penning it.
"The best thing that could come out of this job is to prove that there are aliens," he told the magazine. "If we don’t prove it’s aliens, then what we’re finding is evidence of other people doing stuff in our backyard, and that’s not good."
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