Originally Posted by dr wu23
This site shows an alternate version with US military....
and this site claims it was an April Fools hoax.....
In 1981, Klaus Webner (still a local resident in Wiesdadener, and a UFO researcher) managed to track down the source of the photo as being an April Fools Day issue of the German newspaper "Wiebadener Tagblatt" in 1950. It was an April Fool's joke by then editor William Sprunkel and photographer Hans Scheffler.
Thanks for linking dr wu23. I checked out each one, and from quote the first link juxtapositions the poor quality Wiesbaden clipping (alien photo in FBI files) with another photo (alien & Gestapo) which is historically unrelated: it has no bearing on authenticity of Wiesbaden photo. (Unless to say plenty of alien images online!) I leave it aside.
The second is an evident photo fraud, tilting the child photo to pass as the original for the Wiesbaden alien photo. As a matter of fact, this is not the original, as seen when comparing the two photos in full below.
Wiesbaden alien photo, from Wiesbadener Tagblatt Archiv, publishing date April 1 1950.
Wiesbaden child photo, with different background and horizontal orientation, falsely passed as the original for previous alien pic.
This clumsy, though widely accepted, attempt at visual deception MUST have been intented to discredit the Wiesbaden alien photo, because the child and soldiers assume the same pose as the Wiesbaden alien photo. Added to the Tagblatt Archiv, reportedly, on 3rd of April 1950, it may have been a hastlily improvised effort to recreate the original, but clearly fell short. Burning questions: why couldn't the actual original (basis for alleged airbrush job) be produced? Why use a faked image to disseminate as if the true 'original'?
Imho the answer must be: to cast doubt on / discredit the Wiesbaden alien photo to the public.
Finally, to your objection that the photos could be inserted by a hoaxer into the Wiesbadener Tagblatt Archiv. Wu, there is no timewindow of opportunity here. The alien photo has entry date 1 April 1950. The faked 'original' (with posed child) 3 April 1950. The FBI received its news clipping (shown at bottom of this post) in May 1950, clearly a lowgrade version of Tagblatt alien photo, released on FOIA request 1979 in United States. Any 'hoaxed' insertion into the Archive would have to be done prior to 3 April 1950 (when the child photo/fake original was added). A later hoaxed insertion would not make sense, since then all three images would have to be hoaxes, including the April 3 child photo used to rectify/debunk the April 1 pic. Also, James Oberg (skeptical researcher) accepts the April 1 archive entry for the Wiesbaden alien photo, and the FBI records for it.
To all appearances this is the real deal...
Poor quality clipping (showing Wiesbaden alien pic) sent by informant to FBI in May 1950, released under Freedom Of Information Act 1979.