UK Government To Disclose UFO ‘X Files’ Says Ex-MoD Official
'Hugely embarrassing for the government' says Nick Pope
Accounts of UFOs and other-worldly goings on are usually hidden from the public domain by governments, but reports have recently revealed that the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) will declassify more of its X Files and make them publicly available on the National Archives.
Ex-MoD official Nick Pope has said this is 'hugely embarrassing' for the government after failing to fulfill its promise to the nation.
The Mirror reports that the government department had previously promised to disclose all by June last year, however this was not the case as it has a further 18 files, which the public will be able to access by September next year.
Former MoD official who used to run the UFO project, and Neon Nettle correspondent Nick Pope said, “This is a hugely embarrassing situation for the government. Last summer they told the media and the public that yes, this was absolutely all the UFO files and there was a big fanfare about this being the end of a five year programme to declassify and release the entire archive. Now they say, 'Oh, wait a minute, we've found a whole bunch of further UFO files'”.
“I can see why people will be suspicious”.
Conspiracy theorists, ufologists and truthseekers will be delighted by the news, which sees the UK following in the footsteps of France – which became the first country to open up its UFO files to the public in 2007. More than 1,600 sightings spanning over five decades were documented on a website by the national space agency, reported New Scientist.
The MoD made the decision to release its own files that same year, launching a 'five-year programme' which ended in June 2013, after it was bombarded with Freedom of Information Act requests and the UFO desk subsequently closed in 2009, after it was deemed a ‘waste of money’ to further investigate sightings. But the government did not fulfill its promise to release all the files.
Yet although the files are set to declassified, the information must still remain confidential until they are officially released.
“I can't reveal the specific contents of the files until they've been made public, which may not be until around September 2015”, explains Pope.
However he hints, “but they include ones from air defence specialists whose task, in relation to the MoD’s UFO investigations, was to determine whether visual sightings could be corroborated by radar evidence.
“There are also some files from one of the most secret parts of the MoD, the Defence Intelligence Staff. Ironically, there are even files about the release of the UFO files themselves, as staff discuss copyright and other legal issues arising from publishing material (including photographs and videos) sent in by members of the public”, Pope added.
So whatever you want to believe, the truth may well be out there – well at least by next year. We can’t wait.