Source: msn.comThe hand selected images are among formerly classified files from the 1950s which were hidden away by the American spy agency.
First released in 1978, the images show how the CIA carried out extensive and secretive investigations into whether extraterrestrial life exists.
According to the documents released, one 1952 report entitled “Flying Saucers” said all but 100 UFO sightings had a reasonable explanation.
It said: “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.”
And the 10 files – released to coincide with the revival of cult sci-fi series The X Files – do not contain any clues to any “alien abductions” or “crashed spaceships”.
A UFO photographed over Minneapolis in Minnesota in October 1960
A spokesman for the CIA said: “We’ve decided to highlight a few documents both sceptics and believers will find interesting.
“Below you will find five documents we think X-Files character Agent Fox Mulder would love to use to try and persuade others of the existence of extraterrestrial activity.
“We also pulled five documents we think his sceptical partner, Agent Dana Scully, could use to prove there is a scientific explanation for UFO sightings.”
A 1952 report which said most UFO sightings are ‘phoney’
Some UFO conspiracy theorists do not believe the CIA’s decision is so innocent.
Stephen Bassett, the executive director of the Paradigm Research Group – which is campaigning to get the US government to “admit” aliens are real – believes the release is a face-saving exercise by the CIA to prepare the public 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.”
CIA releases X-files on aliens, flying saucers ‘for Agent Mulder to use’
The day has finally come for all UFO lovers and those who still believe ‘the truth is out there’. The CIA has released thousands of declassified documents on flying saucers.
The agency humorously noted that X-Files’ Fox Mulder would certainly love to use them to prove the existence of extraterrestrials.
“We’ve decided to highlight a few documents both skeptics and believers will find interesting. Below you will find five documents we think X-Files character Agent Fox Mulder would love to use to try and persuade others of the existence of extraterrestrial activity,” the agency said.
All the documents date from the late 1940s and ’50s.
The CIA picked several documents which may be particularly interesting. They include files from East Germany (1952) where the agents were investigating a story of “a huge flying pan” which had a diameter of about 15 meters.
Another document which would cheer up extraterrestrial fans says that similar ‘flying saucers’ were seen in Spain and North Africa.
“The picture [of the object] shows a diagonal stripe of diminishing width and lighter in shade than the sky over the dark bulk of a building cornice,” the document says.
The CIA even included several pictures of the alleged extraterrestrial objects, including UFOs and suggested alien body parts. The release of the ‘conspiracy’ files surprisingly coincided with the release of new X-Files series.
One of CIA documents explains how to take better photos of UFOs.
“Take several pictures of the object; as many as you can. If you can, include some ground in the picture of the UFO,” the agency advised.
However, for those who sided with skeptical Agent Dana Scully all nine seasons, the CIA said it released documents “to prove there is a scientific explanation for UFO sightings.”
The CIA has frequently organized scientific panels to discuss the nature of these allegedly alien objects. In many cases, the scientists concluded that “the subject UFO is not of direct intelligence interest.”
Take a Peek Into Our “X-Files”
The CIA declassified hundreds of documents in 1978 detailing the Agency’s investigations into Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). The documents date primarily from the late 1940s and 1950s.
To help navigate the vast amount of data contained in our FOIA UFO collection, we’ve decided to highlight a few documents both skeptics and believers will find interesting. Below you will find five documents we think X-Files character Agent Fox Mulder would love to use to try and persuade others of the existence of extraterrestrial activity. We also pulled five documents we think his skeptical partner, Agent Dana Scully, could use to prove there is a scientific explanation for UFO sightings.
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