The New York Times just published an article by Leslie Kean and Ralph Blumenthal, presumably the long-awaited piece everyone has been talking about.
If this is the sum total and there is nothing more, then this is a disappointing article, to say the least.
There are a few interesting new bits of information, but most has been known already.
One intriguing statement concerned Eric Davis. (Why, incidentally, does the article refer to him as “Mr. Davis” when it is well known he has a Ph.D?)
Mr. Davis, who now works for Aerospace Corporation, a defense contractor, said he gave a classified briefing to a Defense Department agency as recently as March about retrievals from “off-world vehicles not made on this earth.”
There are a few other tidbits here and there that are interesting, but overall the piece is shockingly lightweight. It would be interesting to learn why this turned out to be so.
[RD Edit] Super Host and Moderator Jay King pointed out to me that there was a bit more than I initially acknowledged, in particular, the quotes from Senator Harry Ried and Lue Elizondo (along with Davis) attesting to the reality of retrievals of crashed or acquired UFOs. Here is the final quotation of the article, by Reid:
It is extremely important that information about the discovery of physical materials or retrieved craft come out.
So, yes, there was a bit more than I initially stated. Still, overall, there were opportunities in this article for genuine analysis that just never happened. No recognition of implications, and in general just not a whole lot.