In a move that seems to have come straight from 'The X-Files,' the British government recently released a trove of data relating to the U.K.'s response to the possible existence of UFOs. The 25 files and 6,700 pages of data document UFO policy, issues with media outreach, public correspondence, and, of course, reports of UFO sightings from the public.
The Ministry of Defense received more than 10,000 reports of UFOs between 1950 and 2009. The sightings ranged from events that could be easily explained -- aircraft lights, satellites -- to more credible reports from police officers, pilots, and members of the military. Nick Pope, a UFO desk officer from 1991 to 1994, said, "These are probably the most fascinating and bizarre government files ever made available to the public."
The release includes the admission that at least one intelligence official desired to weaponize alien technology. The official is quoted as saying, "If the reports are taken at face value, then devices exist that do not use conventional reaction propulsion systems; they have a very wide range of speeds and are stealthy. I suggest we could use this technology, if it exists." The documents are causing a stir in conspiracy theorist circles as well, or, as Pope put it, "It's been suggested that this release program is disinformation ... and a phrase that you often hear is, 'All the good stuff's been kept back. '"