Britain’s last secret UFO-files not to be released before August 2016

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London (United Kingdom) – While in 2013 the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) claimed to have released all its formerly top secret files on UFOs. In 2015 it had to admit that a further tranche of 18 UFO related files had been withheld and was planed to be released in 2015. While this release progress is still pending the German news-blog on edge-science and the paranormal “Grenzwissenschaft-Aktuell.de” (GreWi) now officially learned the files will not be released before Augst 2016.

After five years in which former secret files on UFOs were released bit by bit, in 2013 the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) declared that now all such files were released to the public via the National Archives. Then in 2014 an enquiry by a UFO researcher resulted in the unexpected admittance that 18 UFO related file-books are still being withheld by the MoD but were said to be released in 2015 a process that was then again delayed to early and then June 2016.

In reply to an enquiry by GreWi-editor Andreas Muller, a spokesperson of the National Archives’ Information Management Department now replied:

“I have been advised by our Transfer team that they are currently in the process of finalising the listing for the records DEFE 24/2419-3156, which include the UFO files, and they are hopeful that the records will be transferred from the Ministry of Defence to The National Archives within the next month. Some of the files need to have their closure/access status agreed by the Advisory Council on Public Records, which meets in July, so the Transfer team are looking at probably August before the records will be released to the public.”

Part of the yet to be released UFO-documents are filed under the title “UFO-Policy” and date from 1971-76 and 1996-2000. Three other files cover June-December 2000, December–March 2004 and March 2004. Furthermore the MoD also confirmed that some files cover topics like “Air Traffic Controll Low Flying UFOs” as well as so-called “ADGE UFO Reports”, which experts assume that they are UFO related documents from the radar unity “Air Defence Ground Environment”.

 

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