by Michael E. Salla, Ph.D.
February 8, 2011
In the first of a series of "Live People's
Conferences" where Julian Assange directly responds to public questions
about Wikileaks, he has clarified the nature of most UFO references in its
yet-to-be-published diplomatic cables.
Back on December 3, 2010, Assange raised
expectations when he said in an
interview in the Guardian newspaper that,
"it is worth noting that in
yet-to-be-published parts of the cablegate archive there are indeed
references to UFOs."
This led to many wondering whether an alleged
U.S. government cover-up of UFOs and extraterrestrial life was going to be
Indeed, one of the
diplomatic cables released by
the Norwegian newspaper, Aftenposten, referred to extensive funding for UFO
research in the former Soviet Union.
In his February 6 response to a
question about UFOs, Assange revealed that the contents of the
yet-to-be-published diplomatic cables largely dealt with the Raelian UFO
cult and its claims of cloning.
In response to a question about releasing cables concerning UFOs,
I have said in passing there is information
about UFOs in Cablegate. And that is true, but these are only small
passing references. Most of the material concerns UFO cults, and their
behavior in recruiting people.
For instance, there is quite a large cable,
which we'll try and release in the next few days, concerning the
Raelians (see below insert), a UFO cult which has a strong presence in Canada and was of
concern to the U.S. ambassador in Canada.
At that time, the Raelians claimed to have
cloned an individual, and fantastically, the press all around the world
ate this up and turned it into front page stories.
The cable in question, yet to be published by
Wikileaks itself as Assange said, in fact was released by the Norwegian
newspaper, Aftenposten (below insert) on January 4, 2011.
It details the extent of U.S. concerns about the Raelian UFO cult, its cloning claims, and recruiting
The cable describes for example, Rael's beliefs about the
creation of humanity by extraterrestrials:
EARTHLINGS HAD BEEN CREATED IN A LABORATORY 25,000 YEARS AGO.
SINCE THESE ALIENS WHICH HE CALLS
(THE HEBREW WORD FOR GOD) ARE 25,000 YEARS
AHEAD OF US, RAEL SAYS CLONING IS VERY SIMPLE TASK FOR THEMů
MEANTIME, RAEL WANTS TO BUILD AN EMBASSY IN ISRAEL TO WELCOME THE ELOHIM
WHEN THEY COME BACK IN 2035.
CLONING CLAIM PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON QUEBEC-BASED
January 04, 2011
UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02
E.0. 12958: N/A
TAGS: TBIO, ECON, KIRF, CA, Health
SUBJECT: CLONING CLAIM PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON QUEBEC-BASED
1. SUMMARY: THE FOLLOWING IS SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE
MONTREAL-BASED RAELIAN GROUP, WHOSE MEMBER DR. BRIGITTE BOISSELIER
ANNOUNCED AT A DECEMBER 27 PRESS CONFERENCE IN HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA
THE BIRTH OF THE FIRST CLONED HUMAN BEING, A 7 POUND BABY GIRL
NICKNAMED EVE. AND ITS TWO MAIN FIGURES LEADER CLAUDE VORILHON,
BETTER KNOWN AS RAEL, AND DR. BOISSELIER. ONE LIKELY RESULT OF THE
BOISSELIER ANNOUNCEMENT IS THAT CANADA'S PENDING LEGISLATION TO BAN
HUMAN CLONING COULD CONTAIN STRICTER RESTRICTIONS. END SUMMARY.
2. THE RAELIAN MOVEMENT WAS FOUNDED BY FRENCHMAN CLAUDE VORILHON, A
FORMER SPORTS JOURNALIST, FAILED SINGER, RADIO COMMENTATOR AND AVID
STOCK CAR RACER. VORILHON CLAIMS TO HAVE BEEN CONCEIVED ON DECEMBER
25, 1945, BY A FRENCH MOTHER AND AN ALIEN FATHER. SPECIALISTS SAY HE
WAS BORN IN VICHY, FRANCE IN 1946. VORILHON WHO USES THE NAME RAEL
(GOD'S LIGHT) (PRONOUNCED RA-EL IN FRENCH (RHYMES WITH KAL-EL AND
JOR-EL)) SAYS HE CREATED THE MOVEMENT AFTER ALIENS VISITED HIM IN
CENTRAL FRANCE IN 1973. AT THAT TIME, LITTLE GREEN ALIENS
(APPROXIMATELY 4 FT TALL) TOLD HIM - IN FLUENT FRENCH - EARTHLINGS
HAD BEEN CREATED IN A LABORATORY 25,000 YEARS AGO. SINCE THESE
ALIENS WHICH HE CALLS
THE ELOHIM (THE HEBREW WORD FOR
GOD) ARE 25,000 YEARS AHEAD OF US, RAEL SAYS CLONING IS VERY SIMPLE
TASK FOR THEM.
3. ALTHOUGH THE SECT IS BASED IN MONTREAL - AND NOT SWITZERLAND AS
THE BRITISH TABLOID PRESS HAS REPORTED - RAEL MOVED HIS PERSONAL
HEADQUARTERS TO FLORIDA IN THE EARLY NINETIES. WHEN IT WAS ANNOUNCED
RAEL WAS MOVING TO FLORIDA, RADIO COMMENTATORS JOKED HE WAS SIMPLY
IMITATING QUEBEC SNOWBIRDS OR THAT HE WANTED TO GET CLOSER TO NASCAR
CIRCUITS. HOWEVER, SOME SAW U.S. EXPANSION AS A LOGICAL BUSINESS
MOVE. ON THE ONE HAND, SINCE THE 1960S, QUEBEC HAS PROVEN TO BE
TOUGH RECRUITING GROUNDS FOR ALL RELIGIOUS GROUPS, MAINSTREAM OR
OTHERWISE. ON THE OTHER, THE U.S. OFFERS MUCH BIGGER POOLS OF MONEY
AND TARGET AUDIENCES FOR RAELIAN COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISES. BECAUSE THE
GROUP IS RECOGNIZED AS AN ATHEIST RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION BY THE
QUEBEC GOVERNMENT IT ENJOYS THE SAME FISCAL ADVANTAGES AS OTHER
4. THE GROUP OPERATES A THEME PARK CALLED UFO LAND IN QUEBEC'S
EASTERN TOWNSHIPS AREA. THE FACILITY, WHICH CONSISTS MAINLY OF A
LARGE FLYING SAUCER, A LARGE-SCALE DNA MOLECULE AND SOME ROOMS FOR
SUMMER SEMINARS AND MEDIA INTERVIEWS, WAS RECENTLY VANDALIZED BUT IS
SCHEDULED TO REOPEN THIS SUMMER.
5. IN PHOTOS AND TELEVISION APPEARANCES, RAEL SURROUNDS HIMSELF WITH
BEAUTIFUL WOMEN. RAELIAN MEDIA KITS INCLUDE MANY PICTURES OF
SCANTILY DRESSED "MEMBERS." RAEL PREACHES "SENSUAL MEDITATION" WHICH
ENABLES THE FAITHFUL TO REACH THE "COSMIC ORGASM."
6. DESPITE THE SECT'S TWO POWERFUL MARKETING TOOLS, SEX AND UFOS,
THE RAELIANS HAVE VERY FEW MEMBERS. THEIR WEB SITE
WWW.RAEL.ORG CLAIMS - IN TWENTY LANGUAGES - TO HAVE
55,000 MEMBERS IN 84 COUNTRIES. HOWEVER MIKE KROPVELD, EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR OF THE MONTREAL-BASED INFO-SECTE (NO RELATION WITH THE
PARIS ORGANIZATION OF THE SAME NAME) TOLD POST THAT THE RAELIANS
INFLATE THEIR FIGURES WITH PAST AND OCCASIONAL MEMBERS. BECAUSE OF
ALL THE MEDIA ATTENTION, THE GROUP CREATES A LOT OF CURIOSITY - A
RAEL SPOKESMAN STATED IN THE LOCAL PRESS ON DECEMBER 30 THAT THE
WEBSITE WAS GETTING ONE MILLION HITS PER HOUR ON DECEMBER 26 - BUT
MOST VISITORS ONLY ATTEND A FEW MEETINGS. THE ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP IS
BETWEEN 2,000 AND 3,000 WORLDWIDE AND ABOUT 700 IN MONTREAL, SAYS
7. ACCORDING TO LOCAL NEWS ANALYSTS, THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF RAELIANS
IS TO CREATE LIFE IN A LABORATORY WHICH WOULD MAKE HUMAN BEINGS
IMMORTAL AND ENABLE THEM TO CREATE ANOTHER CIVILIZATION ON ANOTHER
PLANET. IN THE MEANTIME, RAEL WANTS TO BUILD AN EMBASSY IN ISRAEL TO
WHEN THEY COME BACK IN 2035. THE GROUP HAS ALSO BEEN
CRITICIZED FOR ADVOCATING THE USE OF GENETICS FOR EUGENIC ATTEMPTS
AT IMPROVING THE HUMAN RACE. THE GROUP'S STRUCTURE WITH PRIESTS AND
BISHOPS IS BASED ALONG THE LINES OF THE
8. UNTIL RECENTLY THE GROUP AVOIDED SERIOUS CONTROVERSY. THERE HAVE
NOT BEEN ANY STORIES OF FORMER MEMBERS COMPLAINING ABOUT BEING
CONNED OUT OF THEIR MONEY OR PHYSICALLY ABUSED OR SEDUCED, AND NO
INVOLVEMENT WITH MINORS - EXCEPT ONE CASE IN FRANCE.
9. NONETHELESS, THE RAELIANS KNOW HOW TO PIGGYBACK ON STORIES TO GET
PUBLICITY. WHEN IN 1993, AUTHORITIES IN QUEBEC DECIDED AGAINST
INSTALLING CONDOM DISTRIBUTORS IN SCHOOLS, RAELIANS VISITED THE KIDS
WITH FREE SAMPLES. IN THE WAKE OF THE RECENT PEDOPHILE CHARGES
AGAINST VARIOUS RELIGIOUS ORDERS, THE GROUP WENT BACK TO THE SCHOOLS
IN QUEBEC. THEIR PLAN THIS TIME WAS TO HAND OUT SMALL WOODEN CROSSES
FOR THE STUDENTS TO BURN. BUT PUBLIC AND GOVERNMENTAL OPPOSITION
STOPPED THE LATER PROJECT. IN BOTH CASES, ALMOST ALL THE PUBLICITY
THEY GARNERED WAS BAD.
10. SENSING A SIMILAR WAVE OF CONDEMNATION, RAEL HAS PUBLICLY
DISTANCED HIMSELF FROM DR. BOISSELIER, A RAELIAN BISHOP, AND HER
CLONING WORK, SAYING HE HAD GOTTEN RID OF
CLONAID TWO YEARS AGO. HOWEVER,
KROPVELD BELIEVES THAT CLONING IS BY FAR THE GROUP'S MOST DANGEROUS
WORK. KROPFELD EVEN DOUBTS RAEL REALLY BELIEVES IN CLONING HUMAN
BEINGS BEYOND ITS MARKETING POSSIBILITIES FOR HIMSELF AS SECT
11. AS FOR DR BRIGITTE BOISSELIER, SHE WAS BORN IN 1956 IN FRANCE.
SHE HOLDS TWO PHDS IN CHEMISTRY, ONE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF DIJON IN
FRANCE AND ONE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON. AFTER HOUSTON SHE WAS
AIR LIQUIDE THE FRENCH INDUSTRIAL
AND MEDICAL GAS MULTINATIONAL TO WORK ON REVERSIBLE OXYGEN BINDING.
IN 1989, AIR LIQUIDE PROMOTED HER TO VP RESEARCH.
12. PRIOR TO JOINING CLONAID (SEE
WWW.CLONAID.COM) IN 1997, DR.
BOISSELIER HAD NOT WORKED IN BIOLOGY OR REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES. THE
LAS VEGAS-BASED CLONAID RECEIVED $500,000 FROM MARK HUNT TO BUILD A
LABORATORY IN WEST VIRGINIA BEFORE MR. HUNT DECIDED TO STOP
FINANCING THAT PROJECT. CLONAID ALSO CLAIMS TO HAVE RECEIVED
$200,000 FROM 250 DIFFERENT DONORS IN THE HOPE OF CLONING A FAMILY
MEMBER. ON MARCH 28, 2001 DR. BOISSELIER AND RAEL DEFENDED THEIR
CLONING PROJECTS BEFORE A SENATE COMMITTEE.
13. COMMENT. THE PUBLICITY GARNERED BY THE CLONING ANNOUNCEMENT MAY
BE USED BY THE RAEL ORGANIZATION TO GAIN NEW ADHERENTS IN THE UNITED
14. CANADA LIKE MANY OTHER COUNTRIES IS IN THE PROCESS OF ADOPTING
LEGISLATION BILL C-113 WHICH WOULD BAN HUMAN CLONING. ONE LIKELY
RESULT OF THE BOISSELIER ANNOUNCEMENT IS THAT SUCH LEGISLATION COULD
CONTAIN STRICTER RESTRICTIONS.
The diplomatic cable focuses on the possibility that the Raelians would use
their cloning claims to recruit adherents in the U.S.
After reviewing some
of the beliefs of the Raelian's founder, Rael, the cable went on to
THE PUBLICITY GARNERED BY THE CLONING ANNOUNCEMENT MAY BE USED BY THE RAEL
ORGANIZATION TO GAIN NEW ADHERENTS IN THE UNITED STATES.
Assange's response lays to rest some of the rampart speculation about the
extent of UFO reports in Wikileaks cables.
For example, Michael Cohen from
AllnewsWeb claimed on January 17:
A source from within the inner circle of the Wikileaks team has
confidentially leaked to All News Web the content of a State Dept cable,
concerning UFO affairs, that Wikileaks has declined to upload onto their
The cable states:
"It is critical all embassy staff understand that
they are not to discuss under any circumstance concerns DOD has with UFOs
entering orbit, once again the seriousness of this matter cannot be
According to Assange's interview, it is safe to conclude that no such
diplomatic cable exists of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) being
concerned about UFOs entering earth's orbit; or, at least, is not part of
the diplomatic cables held by Wikileaks.
If UFOs are a major headache for
the DOD, as in fact evidence suggests is the case, then this would certainly
be more highly classified than the Secret and Confidential files possessed
According to researcher Timothy Good, such information is
classified above Top Secret with "Need to Know" special access.
Similarly, a report in the
European Union Times on December 13 (2010) revealed what
its alleged confidential sources were saying were going to be released by Wikileaks:
A new report circulating in the Kremlin today prepared for President
Medvedev by Russian Space Forces (VKS) 45th Division of Space Control says
that an upcoming WikiLeaks release of secret US cables details that the
Americans have been "engaged" since 2004 in a "war" against UFO's based on
or near the Continent of
Antarctica, particularly the Southern Ocean.
Again, it can be concluded from Assange's "Live People's Conference" that no
such references to a secret UFO war exists in the diplomatic cables held by
It appears that if smoking gun documentary evidence of a government cover-up
extraterrestrial life exists, such evidence has not yet come
into the possession of Wikileaks.
What can be expected in the weeks or
months ahead for Wikileaks is the release of files documenting extensive UFO
research by the former Soviet Union (already released by Aftenposten), and
perhaps more references to public officials around the world interested in
UFOs. None of the UFO references, according to Julian Assange, are of
special significance and amount to little more than "small passing
So the wait continues for the release of documentation
revealing the true extent of U.S. and international government knowledge of
UFOs and extraterrestrial life.