The CIA released thousands of UFO documents online. Here’s how to read them
has declassified a massive, long-awaited trove of documents related to UFO
sightings over the last 70 years, stoking excitement among those who want to believe in aliens
— and frustration among those who want to actually find the proof.
Now the truth is (perhaps) out there in a .ZIP file, though it might take some dedicated digging to find it. The documents deal primarily with UFOs, which by definition remain a mystery.
The Black Vault, a UFO enthusiast site and clearing house for related government files, recently published
approximately 2,700 pages of the declassified documents provided by the CIA. The new disclosure amounts to over 2,700 pages of scanned documents involving Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP), which is the U.S. government’s term for UFOs.
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The CIA told the Black Vault that the disclosure includes its “entire” collection of UAP documents, though there’s no way to know for sure.
Site founder John Greenewald, Jr. spent decades trying to get his hands on the documents through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) laws, and he finally succeeded last year. The CIA dumped the files onto a CD-ROM, so Greenewald uploaded everything to his website on Jan. 7.
The full archive is available for download
through the Black Vault site. It consists of 713 PDF files with sequentially numbered titles. Specific cases are impossible to find without opening each document, and some of the documents are decades-old scans that are hard to read.
Nevertheless, the Black Vault has done its best to make each document searchable.
“Many of these documents are poorly photocopied, so the computer can only ‘see’ so much to convert for searching,” Greenewald writes on his website. He also suggested that the CIA had deliberately made the documents hard to parse, perhaps to slow people down.
Greenewald and other eager ET hunters have already started combing through the documents and posting their suspicions online.
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