"I didn't say the DOCUMENT is a fraud. The document is a real FBI memo.
However, the story told in the document is, at best unsupported by any other research
or at worst a nth-person (where n is somewhere between 2 and 8!)
retelling of a story made up by Silas Newton. Thanks Bruce.
This document has been available since I got it from the FBI in 1977.
It was contained in a package of government documents made available
by the Fund for UFO Research way back in the '80's.
I wrote about it in my book, The UFO-FBI Connection published in 2000.
Apparently this was a result of a story told by Silas Newton during a lecture
at the University of Denver on March 8, 1950. Newton was making this up
in order to con some oil investors (claiming he had secret technology
developed from an "alien" source or something like that). Apparently
some listener told someone else and so on until the FBI
heard about it from "an air force investigator" }(name unknown).
The story told by Newton was picked up by Scully and published
some time later.
The only reason that I can fathom for all the interest now is that
most people are not aware of the history of the subject combined
with the FBI decision to highliglht some of their documents.