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Following hot on the heels of the French UFO files being placed online, ufology researcher Dr David Clarke has announced that Britain’s Ministry of Defence “are to publish their secret archive of UFO reports to dispel claims they have been hiding knowledge of alien visitors to the UK.”

Despite claims to the contrary, the British MoD have never employed any full-time UFO investigators and say their interest in the subject is confined to their strictly defined responsibility for defence. Reports made to them are received by an office in Whitehall which, until recently, copied them to air defence experts in the RAF and the Defence Intelligence Staff (DIS). Unlike the French who carried out on-site investigations drawing upon the skills of the gendarmerie and police, in Britain most reports were simply read and filed away.

Although the MoD claim no UFO report has ever been judged to be of defence significance, a small number were subjected to detailed investigations by the RAF and DI55. The nature of these investigations, and their findings, have until recently been a closely guarded secret.

Clarke says that the the first batch of files will be added to the website later this year (with 24 files containing about 7000 cases in all to be released). Nick Redfern has more at UFO Mystic, including Clarke’s revelation that “having had a sneek preview of one year’s contents (1979) I can assure you the wait will be worthwhile.”