A former Royal Air Force (RAF) engineer claims that British intelligence agency MI5 paid people to create crop circles in order to discredit UFOs and the crop circle phenomenon.

The UFO cover-up conspiracy isn’t limited to the United States. And at the recent UFO Truth Magazine International Conference, David Clayton, who reportedly served at RAF Netheravon in Wiltshire in the 1960s, alleged that MI5 actively attempted to discredit UFO sightings.

Clayton reportedly acknowledged that most crop circles since the 1990s have been manmade. But he alleged that most of those were created at the request of MI5. They were “paying people to muddy the waters” in an effort to make UFO research seem laughable, he claimed.

Event organizer Gary Hestletine (British ufologist and retired police detective) supported Clayton’s claim, adding that the government has a policy to debunk claims of UFOs or other mysterious phenomena.

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UK media outlet Express says it has contacted MI5 and is awaiting confirmation of Clayton’s claims.

I don’t think MI5 will be too quick to come out and say, “Blast! That bloody UFO bloke is right. You got us!”

But a former government official has already gone on record stating that the British government attempted to cover up and downplay UFO reports.

Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) had a dedicated UFO desk responsible for investigating UFO reports. The MoD closed its UFO desk in 2009 and released its UFO records to the public. Nick Pope, who was the desk officer from 1991 to 1994, told Huffington Post journalist Lee Speigel in 2011, “What’s abundantly clear from these files is that, while in public we were desperately pushing the line that this was of no defense interest.” But he continued, “We were telling the public we’re not interested, this is all nonsense, but in reality, we were desperately chasing our tails and following this up in great detail.”

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Pope also acknowledged the government’s efforts to mislead people. He said one tactic used to downplay UFO reports was to refer to witnesses as “UFO buffs” or “UFO spotters” to make them sound less credible. The government also used terms like “little green men” in reports to make UFO sightings seem silly, attempting to reduce the chance of the media picking up the story.