Almost a year after The New York Times published an article claiming he had evidence of UFO, former Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) corrected the record in an interview with The New Yorker. Reid says he believes that the U.S. aerial defense contractor Lockheed Martin had remnants of an unidentified flying object.
In the article, reporters Leslie Kean and Ralph Blumenthal wrote that Reid believed that some already possessed physical evidence of UFO fragments. They claimed that the former Nevada senator “believed that crashes of vehicles from other worlds had occurred and that retrieved materials had been studied secretly for decades, often by aerospace companies under government contracts.”
The very next day the Times added a correction per Reid’s request. Instead, the record read that Reid believed in the possibility of crashes and supported the hypothetical study of remnants. Now, Reid has altered the record just a little bit more as he retold the story to the New Yorker’s Gideon Lewis-Kraus.
“I was told for decades that Lockheed had some of these retrieved materials,” Reid said. “And I tried to get, as I recall, a classified approval by the Pentagon to have me go look at the stuff. But they wouldn’t give me the clearance.”
When the New Yorker asked for a response from Lockheed Martin, rather than clearing up the record, they declined to comment.
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The frozen funds, originally held in South Korea, were part of a deal where Seoul committed to paying Iran for oil before the U.S. imposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic in 2019. Subsequently, these funds were transferred to Qatar as part of the exchange. However, in the aftermath of an Oct. 7 Hamas raid on Israel, where more than 200 hostages were seized and around 1,200 civilians were killed, both Qatar and the U.S. agreed to refreeze the funds.
The decision to permanently freeze the funds reflects the growing controversy surrounding the hostage exchange and the broader implications of releasing substantial financial resources to Iran. Tehran’s support for Hamas and its proxies’ heightened hostilities in the Middle East have contributed to the contentious nature of this issue.
As the legislation progresses, it further underscores the complex dynamics in the region and the United States’ response to Iran’s involvement in activities that destabilize the Middle East. The vote outcome signals a bipartisan stance on this matter, with implications for U.S.-Iran relations and the ongoing challenges of navigating geopolitical complexities.
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