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MoD To Open British UFO X-Files

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2007 20:21:15 -0500
Archived: Sun, 23 Dec 2007 20:21:15 -0500
Subject: MoD To Open British UFO X-Files

Source: The Daily Telegraph - London, UK



MoD To Open British UFO X-Files
By Aislinn Simpson

Top-secret details about hundreds of sightings of Unidentified
Flying Objects are to be released for public viewing in response
to the nation's continuing fascination with the subject.

The Ministry of Defence will release a total of 160 files dating
back to that time to the National Archives in Kew.

The first files will be made available in Spring 2008 and the
process is expected to take three years.

The MoD has received reports of over 10,000 UFO sightings since
the UFO project was set up in 1950.

After investigation, around 5 per cent remain unexplained.
According to Nick Pope, who ran the Ministry of Defence UFO
project from 1991 to 1994, some of the sightings are "highly

He decided to speak out about the failure to seriously address
the issue after resigning from his MoD post at the Directorate
of Defence Security last year.

He claimed that he and his staff spent their time releasing
documents in answer to Freedom of Information requests from the
media or members of the public instead of interviewing witnesses
to more credible sightings

It is understood that the MoD has decided to release the
documents because it receives more FoI requests on the subject
that on any other.

Mr Pope said that while he was initially sceptical about UFOs,
access to the classified files and investigation of a series of
spectacular UFO sightings - mainly by police and military
personnel - had changed his mind.

One such sighting was of a "vast, triangular-shaped craft"
firing a narrow beam of light onto the ground and emitting a
low-frequency humming sound that was spotted flying over RAF
Cosford in the West Midlands and RAF Shawbury in Shropshire in

In another incident, at the Twin Bases of RAF Bentwaters and RAF
Woodbridge in Suffolk in December 1980, RAF staff were sent to
investigate a suspected plane crash after bright lights were
reported emanating from nearby woods.

They found a kind of lunar landing module standing on three
legs, decorated with strange hieroglyphic-type markings, which
then flew off.

The indents it left in the ground were examined the next morning
with a Geiger Counter and emitted ten times the normal levels of

However, the Ministry of Defence does not attempt to identify
such aircraft unless it sees "evidence to suggest that UK
airspace has been compromised by hostile or unauthorised air

When the French government released all its UFO files earlier
this year, the dedicated website promptly crashed due to the
number of people trying to access the information.

Mr Pope said he expected to see similar a flurry of interest in
the files, which he predicted would convert some sceptics.

"Whatever people think about UFOs, these documents are
fascinating and show how the MoD has researched and investigated
this mystery for nearly 60 years, without an answer," he said.

A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman confirmed the documents would
be released from next year. "There has always been a great deal
of interest in this subject," she said.

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