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Sunday, June 22, 2014

More on Deputy Director Edwin K. Wright

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Over the last few years, the Central Intelligence Agency has been releasing Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter’s diary. It is, of course, retyped, and sanitized, that is, several different entries are redacted. It can also be ascertained by the manner in which it is being released that others within the Agency have used it for their own research before releasing it to us.

A few different pages have been found by this author only after reading through other material, where a few hitherto unreleased pages were found that the CIA writers had utilized as footnotes.

The first release appeared as covering January 1947, through October, 1947 [see: CIA-RDP80R01731R002700020002]. This author read it a number of times, and then made notations in the margins before sending it off to other researchers. One item notated was the date July 8, 1947. This happened to be when General Roger Ramey conducted the now famous balloon and target press conference, to negate further interest in the events relating to their so-called recovery of a “flying saucer.”

On that date (July 8) a Top Secret meeting of the Intelligence Advisory Committee, and the NSC took place at 0930, in Washington. Admiral Hillenkoetter, Director of the CIA, sat in the chair. He opened the meeting by apologizing on behalf of the Deputy Director, General Wright, who was away, and would not be attending. It appeared, from this release anyway, that he didn’t say where the DDCI was.

Later, while reading through several other released documents, one with a different nomenclature was noticed. Upon opening the file, this author noted that it was also a release of “Hilley’s” diary, covering some of the same dates, that is, it covered the time periods from January 1947, through November, 1947. There were differences between it, and the other release. For instance, the meeting on July the 8th isn’t detailed, but it does note that, on July the 4th, the Deputy Director left for the “west coast” at this time. So, obviously, that is where the Deputy was when Admiral Hillenkoetter made his apologies to the other members of his Intelligence community.

This is where this researcher began to wonder if it had anything to do with the fact that, as many UFO researchers are aware, the Army Air Forces were on the hunt for the “elusive” flying saucers, on the West Coast. One of the head Air Intelligence bases was located at Hamilton Field, Marin County, California. Could the Deputy Director have been dispatched to the West Coast because of the saucer problem?

As was noted in a previous post here, historically speaking, the Director (Hillenkoetter) is known to have had a great interest in the subject. So much so, that he joined Donald Keyhoe’s National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomenon (NICAP.) He sat on the board of Directors for quite some time. In 1960, long after the CIA attempted to persuade him to step down, by presumably showing him the “real” data on the flying discs (see the CIAs own documents regarding the UFO phenomenon for verification), he testified before Congress that he believed the subject should be brought out into the open.

Given the obvious interest shown by the former Director, it was postulated by this writer that the Deputy Director was his go-to guy for the UFO problem.

Now, there is more information gathered that might further accentuate the very notion.

This writer recently reviewed Kevin Randle’s latest offering, The Government UFO Files [The Government UFO Files , copyright 2014, By Kevin D. Randle, Visible Ink Press.]

In his book was a paragraph outlining General Wright’s connection to the Ghost Rocket phenomenon. I marveled at my lack of awareness that he had been mentioned regarding this phenomenon before, especially once I realized that he had been brought up before, by Professor Michael Swords, in his excellent book: UFOs And Government [UFOs And Government, copyright 2012, Michael Swords, and Robert Powell, Anomalist Books]

On page 21, Swords writes: “The United States concern went right to the top. On August 1, Assistant Director of Central Intelligence, Colonel Edwin K. Wright, sent a memorandum to President Truman…” This memo was reproduced on pages 22, and 23. It made a couple of interesting statements. Originally classified: Top Secret, it said, in part: “MEMORANDUM FOR THE PRESIDENT…On 19 July two such “rockets” were reported to have fallen in Norway. The Swedish and Norwegian Governments have now imposed a news blackout with respect to the subject.” It continued with a very provocative sentence: “…Although ten such missiles have fallen within Sweden, the Swedish General Staff has as yet been unable to reach firm conclusions on the basis of the fragments recovered.”

Of note to some UFO researchers would be the General Twining memo, where he affirms that no Unknown Object debris had ever been ‘recovered”, that would prove or disprove their existence. This Ghost Rocket document, penned by Deputy Director Wright, in 1946, would seem to not bare this out.

There had been debris recovered, and analyzed, as of 1946. Colonel Wright goes on the say he believes the intent, by the Russians, if it was the Russians, would be intimidation.

So, as it can be seen, Edwin Wright had a long established connection to Unknown Aerial Phenomena that went back at least as far as the Ghost Rockets. Not only that, he was Deputy Director then, just as he was Deputy Director, as a General, in 1947, under Roscoe Hillenkoetter. So, more than ever, the notion that he was “Hilley’s” Flying Saucer expert is a viable notion.

That being stated, readers should take another look at the fact that it was Hillenkoetter, Wright, and Vandenburg in charge during Roswell, and the Flying Saucer scare of 1947.

General Wright left the CIA in 1949. A letter, whose author is not noted, released by the CIA gives a picture of his service, and importance. [see: CIA-RDP80R01731R001300060082-6] dated 6 April, 1949, it states, in part, “Dear General Wright: I would like to tell you again how much we regretted to see you leave the Central Intelligence Agency. ..As Deputy to the Director of the Agency from its early days in 1946, you have had a momentous task to perform, and those of us who have had the pleasure of working closely with you during that time know full well how untiringly you devoted yourself to the solution of the countless problems forever confronting an organization as complicated as ours…All of us join in wishing you every success in your new assignment..”

Hillenkoetter’s diary had continued to be released, as insiders of the CIA finish looking at, and utilizing it. [see:Diary #2, which covers November 1947, through March, 1948]

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