Thank the Zeta Reticulans for NASA
Before you read this let me explain for the 100th time that the image shown is not a photograph of Oumuamua -I see it stated over and over online that it is such. It is something an artist has come up with nothing more. We have not seen Oumuamua up that close.
Mystery interstellar asteroid Oumuamua 'could be gigantic alien solar sail sent to look for signs of life'
Here is something for the conspiracy fraternity. We do have solar observatories with powerful instrumentation which is why we get such spectacular solar images. How long would it have taken to have those re-focussed based on the fact that Oumuamua might be an alien probe. If you look at what was happening at some solar observatories (New Mexico was closed down due to criminal activity by a staffer) in September were they refocussing?
To be honest I doubt solar observatories were being used to observe Oumuamua. Humans tend to pontificate and argue until...too late! If this was an alien probe then humanity screwed up. As soon as it was detected there were things we could have done to get better views (military satellites are up there but some general would be stamping his foot and yelling "NO! We gotta watch the Russkies!!").
If this was a probe it might be some civilizations version of Voyager but intended to be observed, contacted or encountered. Was anyone focussing attention on possible transmissions of various kinds from Oumuamua?
There are so many questions but if this research is right then, yeah, we done screwed up.