By Sky News SkyNews –
More than 200 UFO sightings have been investigated by the Ministry of Defence in the last year, according to real life ‘X Files’ released today.
Documents detailing hundreds of sightings of unexplained objects in the skies above Britain have been opened to the public for the first time.
They reveal reports of alien craft over Wallasey Town Hall and a saucer-shaped UFO hovering over Waterloo Bridge in London.
And they tell how an elderly man claimed he was abducted by “little green men” in Aldershot in 1985. The MoD report reads: “I saw a vivid light coming towards me from the south…. I thought, it can’t be an aeroplane, it’s too low.”
He went on: “I saw two ‘forms’ coming towards me. They were dressed in pale green coveralls from head to foot and they had helmets of the same colour with a visor that was blacked out.”
The unnamed man says he was taken aboard the UFO and then told to leave. “A voice said: ‘What is your age?’. I said: ‘I shall be 78 next birthday’. He said to me: ‘You can go. You are too old and too infirm for our purpose.'”
Other sightings are more convincing. In 1986 a claim from a commercial airline pilot was sent to the men at the ministry. “An unidentified object passed close to port side of aircraft” it read. “Possibilities considered: a) Asteroid b) returning space debris or c) re-entering missile. If it is established that c) is the case, then captain and crew very unimpressed.”
Before conspiracy theorists get carried away, the MoD says the reason for its interest – and form filling – is straightforward.
“Reports are examined by the Ministry of Defence solely to establish whether UK airspace may have been compromised by hostile or unauthorised military activity” an official told Sky News Online.
“Unless there is evidence of a potential threat, no further work is undertaken to identify the nature of each sighting reported. The MoD has no other interest or role regarding UFO matters. Nor does the Department consider questions regarding the existence or otherwise of extraterrestrial life-forms.”
But the man who used to be in charge of those files says their release will do nothing to stop the conspiracies.
“We are never going to satisfy the diehard conspiracy theorists,” said Nick Pope, who appears today on a new Sky News Online programme, Unplugged.
“The French government released their UFO files a year or so ago. And of course after that the conspiracy theorists said: ‘Yes, well, that’s just dis-information. All the really good stuff has been kept back.’ And I can guarantee that’s exactly what’s going to happen here in the UK.”
The files are available to see online from the National Archives in London.
There are 160 of them each detailing hundreds of sightings and they will be released in small batches over the next few months.
Peter Kilfoyle MP is a former Defence Minister. In the past, he’s accused the MoD of “a culture of secrecy” and welcomes the files publication.
“I tried to get them released quite some years ago when I was there,” he told Sky News. “Simply because I think it would allay a lot of people’s fears if they understood just what there was in these files. Lots of curiosities but nothing to suggest that little green men are running around Hampstead Heath or something!”
One thing though appears to be missing from the MoD files. Their conclusions.
Were all these sightings verified, dismissed or something else? Perhaps the truth is still out there.