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CONFIDENTIAL government reports into Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) sightings – dubbed the “British X-Files” – could be made publicly available within EIGHT months.
The major boost for alien hunters can be exclusively revealed by Express.co.uk on World UFO Day, which campaigners are using to call for the release of all such records globally.
The Government faced claims of a cover-up from conspiracy theorists when their release was stalled at the end of 2013.
Some investigators claim the files could provide key evidence of extra-terrestrial life visiting the UK and of specific information about famous controversial sightings such as the Rendlesham Forest incident – a series of reported sightings of unexplained lights and the alleged landing of one or more craft in Suffolk in late December 1980.
Lord Black of Brentwood, who asked the Government for an update through a Parliamentary question, was assured yesterday – the day before World UFO day – the files would be released by the MoD to the National Archives by March next year.
Alien hunters are confident these records could prove if extra-terrestrial life actually exists, as these were the most secretive files held in the private offices of various Cabinet ministers.
Although the files are being released to the National Archives, it is not yet clear when they will be available for public inspection.
In his Parliamentary question, Lord Black asked: “In relation to the 18 Ministry of Defence files on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) that have yet to be released to the public, what is the originating division of the file reference M9/18; what is the remit of that division in relation to UAP; and what is their latest estimate of when the 18 files will be passed to the National Archives, and then released to the public.”
Defence Minister Earl Howe replied: “The originating branch of file reference MO9/18 relates to ministers’ private offices. The latest estimate of when the 18 files will be delivered to the National Archives is before March 2016.
“The National Archives will make the necessary judgement about when they release these files to the public.”
Nick Pope, who used to investigate the existence of UFOs for the MoD, said the files should contain some fascinating sightings.
However, referring to what is often called the most famous UFO claim in history – sparked by claims an alien spaceship crashed in New Mexico, US, in 1947 – Mr Pope added the soon-to-be-released files are probably not a “UK Roswell-style UFO in a hangar style cover up”.
When the release of the files were stalled in 2014, which the MoD blamed on “additional processing requirements”, Mr Pope sympathised with alien researchers.
He said at the time: “This massive delay will have conspiracy theorists up in arms. It looks like the MoD is stalling.
“The suspicion will be that there’s a bombshell in these files and that the Ministry does not know how to handle it.
“I can understand why conspiracy theorists will be angry and suspicious.”
Mr Pope worked at the MoD for 21 years, but was specifically assigned to investigate UFOs for a three-year period.