The CIA have opened up their very own X-files and revealed previously secret photographs, allegedly showing ‘flying saucers’ hovering over Europe – including Britain.
The collection of hand selected images, and reports detailing alleged UFO sightings, were posted online earlier this week and are formerly classified files from the 1950s, which were secreted away by the American spy agency, reports the Independent.
The images – first declassified in 1978 but now freely available online – show how the spy agency carried out extensive investigations into whether alien life existed.
According to the documents released by the spooks all but 100 UFO sightings had a reasonable explanation, although they still kept an eye out for further reports.
One document reads:
Less than 100 reasonably credible reports remain ‘unexplainable’ at this time. It is recommended that CIA surveillance be continued.
It is strongly urged, however, that no reports of CIA interest or concern reach the press or public.
Unfortunately the ten files – released to coincide with the revival of cult sci-fi series The X Files – don’t give us any clues about alien abductions or crashed spaceships.
A spokesman for the CIA said they decided to release documents that both sceptics and believers would find interesting.
Playing with the X-files concept, they chose five cases they thought X-Files character Agent Fox Mulder would love to use to persuade others of the existence of aliens.
While the other five files would help his sceptical partner, Agent Dana Scully, prove there is a scientific explanation for UFO sightings.
However, UFO conspiracy theorists don’t believe the CIA’s decision is an innocent PR stunt.
Stephen Bassett, the executive director of the Paradigm Research Group – which campaigns to get the U.S. government to ‘admit’ to the existence of aliens – believes the release is a face-saving exercise by the CIA to get the public ready for the existence of extraterrestrials.
He told the Mirror:
The recent postings to the CIA website could well be strategic on the part of the agency.
It appears the CIA used the revival of the X-Files franchise as a convenient time to remind the public the agency has, in fact, engaged the extraterrestrial presence issue in the past.
Post-disclosure the CIA will have substantial public relations issues as it has played a significant role in maintaining the truth embargo over six decades.
These recent postings could have an inoculative effect in service to the agency’s future PR strategy.
Mr Basset clearly hasn’t read the news recently – doesn’t he know aliens have been wiped out by global warming?