- John E. Gangstad contacted the State Department in the spring of 1974 about his interest in obtaining the Department’s assistance in investigating the Great Pyramid for his forthcoming book, The Great Pyramid: Signs in the Sun (1976). A reply was sent from the State Dept. on May 23, 1974, but the text is unfortunately not available online. Since there is no further communication about it, I presume they turned him down.
- A very intriguing record exists for a 1976 communication to then-National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft about “Erich von Daniken” and “manned space flight.” The record exists only on microfilm, and I have put in a request to the National Archives for a copy of this document. I’d love to know why Erich von Daniken appears in America’s diplomatic records.
- Most impressively, in all the declassified government documents, there is not a single mention of Robert Temple of the Sirius Mystery despite that author’s claims in the revised 1998 edition of the Sirius Mystery (pp.6-7) that the CIA and the US government persecuted him for years for revealing the truth about flying space frogs. While in theory such records might still be classified, surely there should be some allusion, no matter how indirect, to Sirius, or the Dogon, or Temple somewhere in the government archives if this story were true. After all, even Erich von Daniken warranted a mention.
Asher claimed on July 22 to have discovered proof of Atlantis in underwater photographs taken 16 miles (20 km) off Cadiz, but other expedition members conceded they “showed nothing,” according to the New York Times. Asher noted publicly that the Spanish government was giving them trouble over their permits.
In fact, the Spanish had revoked the mission’s permits, setting off a diplomatic incident that reached the office of then-National Security Advisor and incoming Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who was kept abreast of developments in Spain. Asher appealed directly to President Richard Nixon to intervene in favor of her mission so she and her colleagues could prove the reality of Atlantis. The Nixon Administration, coming under fire for Watergate that summer, wanted to contain the dispute before it became a full-blown international incident. In off-the-record conversations with international media covering the story, the government dropped its efforts to support the mission, and the media stopped covering the story. Asher’s group left Spain and traveled to Ireland for further investigations of ancient civilizations.
Details of the US government’s involvement in the Atlantis expedition were never made public and, to my knowledge, have not been reported until now.
Asher, unaware of the row her attempts to use the US government to pressure Spain had caused, came to believe that the Spanish were attempting to suppress the truth of her discovery of Atlantis, a belief she maintains down to the present day.
The diplomatic cables make fascinating reading, and I have posted them all here.