Maybe not the best hypothetical example but here's a new portion of an interview with Michael Shellenberger which once again boils down to what his sources are telling him:
"Very very senior people with high security clearances who were afraid of talking to me."
I mean, it's like a broken record at this point. At least north of a dozen retrieved non human craft. Some other sources say up to 30. All post world war 2.
I mean, unless Shellenberger is lying to us, it sounds like someone or several someones out there with credentials good enough for him to verify are lying to him and are just outright bullshitting him pretending to be afraid of telling him what they're telling him in an effort to, what, exactly?
I mean, a common thread I see is that it seems like there are quite a number of seemingly credible people behind the scenes who seem to be spreading claims about alien craft being in our possession. Whoever is making these claims seem to prima facie have credentials good enough to impress people like Coulthart, Shellenberger, Leslie Kean, Ralph Blumenthal, and David Grusch to the point that they genuinely believe what these people are telling them and put their reputations on the line to repeat what they've been told.
Who the fuck are these people behind the scenes and what on earth are they up to?
I just stumbled on this documentary from watching Steven Cambian’s YouTube channel “Truthseekers”. It’s called The Aviary: Disturbing Truth of UFO’s. It categorically details virtually every aspect of the UFO landscape past, present and probably what we will continue to see in the future.
The level of detail of this documentary is remarkable and includes all the major players (Putoff, Mellon, Alizondo, DeLong, Knapp, Corbell, Fravor etc.). It highlights the connection with current and former DoD officials infiltrating the ufo community by spreading false stories and disinformation starting with Paul Benowitz which ultimately lead to him killing himself.
I highly recommend watching it and will probably answer some of your questions. Also Mick West is mentioned in the documentary.