A hacker believes he saw proof NASA DOES edit out pictures of alien Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) from its images before public release.
It remains one of the top alien conspiracist theories – that NASA and the US government has known for years we are being regularly monitored by UFOs from far-flung galaxies.
But, in the belief Joe Public could not handle the truth, or it would lead to the breakdown of religion and society as we know it, it has been successfully withheld from us by cover up after cover up.
It was when former NASA contractor Donna Hare went whistleblower in November 2000 with claims that NASA staff digitally edited out UFOs from satellite pictures before they were released, from Building eight of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, that Mr McKinnon, 49, decided he had to know more.
An avid interest in the so-called alien disclosure movement, which calls on governments worldwide to release all their top-secret files of UFOs and alien visitations, led him to hack into computer databases of NASA, there US military and the Pentagon, from his girlfriend’s aunt’s home in London.
But for someone to have gained so much unprecedented access, the disclosures that followed were relatively few and far between.
First, while scouring US Navy databases, Mr McKinnon stumbled across a file containing a list of “non-terrestrial officers” with their ranks and names and a separate file of “material transfers between ships”.
Although, he has no record of any of the officer or ship names now, he claims further research at the time found no trace of any of the ships anywhere or of the use of the term non-terrestrial officer.
Mr McKinnon believes he may have found confidential evidence of a secret space base.
When asked if non-terrestrial officers could mean something else such as this or astronauts, Mr McKinnon added: “It could be up to you how you interpret them.”
The other evidence uncovered by Mr McKinnon was while trawling the 255 computers of building eight at the Johnson Space Center.
He said: “There were image databases with roll one: filtered or processed and unprocessed. They were 200-odd megabytes each. I had full remote control of the desktop.”
He said he started to download an image, but it was extremely slow, and he only got half to 2/3rds of the way down before being rumbled.
He said there were domes above and below it and one to the right, but he did not feel it was man made.
Mr McKinnon said he took a screen grab, but then saw the cursor move separately to his mouse movements, before the connection was lost, and he was unable to retrieve the image from the clipboard.
He was arrested soon after before a highly publicised battle against extradition from 2002 to 2012, during which, in 2008, he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome – a form of autism that may have affected his behaviour.
He was accused by the US government of costing it $700,000 and hacking for more sinister reasons than trying to discover if the truth was out there.
This was amid claims he deleted critical files, shut down the US Army’s 2,000-computer Washington network for 24 hours and paralysed munitions supplies to the US Navy.m