Nick Pope (journalist)
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Nick Pope in 2008
|Born||19 September 1965|
|Occupation||Author, journalist and broadcaster; former civil servant|
Nick Pope (born 19 September 1965) is a freelance British journalist and media commentator. He was an employee at the British Government's Ministry of Defence (MoD) from 1985 to 2006 and is best known for a role he undertook for the British Government from 1991 to 1994 which involved investigating reports of UFO sightings to determine their defence significance.
Ministry of Defence
Pope joined the Ministry of Defence in 1985. After serving in a number of different posts, he was assigned in 1991 to a section of Secretariat (Air Staff) known as Sec (AS) 2a, where his duties included investigating reports of UFO sightings, to see if they had any defence significance.
At the time, while the Ministry of Defence stated that it "remains totally open-minded about the existence or otherwise of extraterrestrial lifeforms", it also stated that there was no evidence to suggest that any UFO sightings posed any threat to the UK or that they were extraterrestrial in origin. It is clear from material that Pope wrote whilst still at the MoD that he did not share the MoD's view that conventional explanations could be found for all UFO sightings.
In November 2006, he resigned from his post at the MOD, saying the government's "X-Files have been closed down". He continues his research and investigation in a private capacity and now works as a freelance journalist and media commentator, covering subjects that include the unexplained, conspiracy theories, space, science fiction and fringe science.
He does work for a number of film companies and PR agencies, promoting the release of science fiction films.
Open Skies, Closed Minds is Pope's autobiographical account of his interest in ufology. It provides an overview of the UFO phenomenon, with the emphasis on Pope's three-year tour of duty as the Ministry of Defence's UFO desk officer. Pope also discusses the politics surrounding the way in which those within government and the military view UFO-phenomena. In 1997 he released a second book on similar themes entitled The Uninvited. His book Encounter in Rendlesham Forest: The Inside Story of the World's Best-Documented UFO Incident, written with John Burroughs, USAF, Ret., and Jim Penniston, USAF, Ret., was published by Thomas Dunne Books in April 2014.
Pope has also written two science fiction novels, Operation Thunder Child and its sequel Operation Lightning Strike.
Nick Pope also writes for online alternative news site "Neonnettle.com"  in which he talks about current topics and news as well as UFO based material on the site fortnightly column.
- "House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for 18 Apr 2006 (pt 154)". parliament.uk.
- "Latest News". nickpope.net.
- "Biography". nickpope.net.
- Ministry of Defence policy statement on UFOs
- "Defence". nationalarchives.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 2006-06-11.
- "Ministry of Defence - Freedom of Information - Publication Scheme - Search Publication Scheme - How to report a UFO sighting". nationalarchives.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 2009-12-04.
- "MoD department that investigated UFO sightings 'closed'". Telegraph.co.uk. 4 December 2009.
- Nick Pope. "How not to report a UFO". the Guardian.
- "'Aliens could attack at any time' warns former MoD chief", Evening Standard, 9 November 2006
- Nick Pope’s New York Times op-ed on UFOs
- Battle: Los Angeles - Nick Pope answers Facebook fan questions. YouTube. 11 March 2011.
- "Aliens Probably Exist - The Bureau: XCOM Declassified on Up at Noon - IGN Video". IGN.
- "UFOs Declassified looks at hard evidence behind infamous sightings". thestar.com. 7 January 2015.
- "The truth is out there... UFO expert Nick Pope talks about aliens". The Independent. 11 October 2011. Archived from the original on 19 September 2015.
- "A Government Vision Of The Future Which Isn't That Great". Neon Nettle. 2 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
- Official website
- 2009 Interview (1hr 20 mins).
- My time as a UFO investigator for the government bbc.com