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In 1962 woodsman David McPherson Sr. found himself deep in the forest of Lutes Mountain, some 15 kilometres west of Moncton, N.B., staring upwards at a 181-kilogram white box with cameras and hanging from a tree by a deteriorated parachute.
"But it wasn't in the English alphabet, she thought maybe Russian, but she didn't tell dad she'd opened it that day," McPherson said.
The next day the military came back to the McPherson farm, this time with a different strategy.
"They took it with promises of, 'You'll be there when it's opened' and, 'We'll let you know what it was and who owns it,'" said McPherson.
"But once it was on the truck, that was all gone. And so was the thing. They took it away."
That was the last time the family heard from the military on the issue, despite two rejected access to information requests to the Department of Defence in the years that followed.
Declassified documents from the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency in the United States reveal the origins of the white 181-kilogram box found hanging from a rotting parachute in a tree near Moncton in 1962.
It turns out it was a high-altitude balloon-mounted spy camera developed in part by the CIA to secretly photograph Soviet Russia.
What an interesting story. I wonder if the CIA used foreign writing on the device for the plausible deniability angle. Then again, why have any writing at all?
The bottles may well have been something to do with the temperatures at altitude.
originally posted by: intrptr
a reply to: Kandinsky
At the bottom of page 74 (linked here), project Genentrix is revealed as early alternative versions to spying on Russia without U2 overflights.