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The British Ministry of Defence has released the eighth instalment of the public dump of their ‘UFO files’, which can be freely downloaded from the UFO page at the National Archives. Along with the files you’ll find a handy guide to the newly released files written by Dr David Clarke (or you can watch/listen to this podcast narrated by Clarke on Youtube). On his personal blog, Clarke points out what he thinks is the most important ‘reveal’ from the new batch of files:

[T]he MoD’s Defence Intelligence Staff admit that “lack of funds and higher priorities” had prevented any detailed study of the thousands of reports they had received since the end of the Second World War.

The frank admission is contained in a formerly secret memo dated July 1995 and written by the UFO desk officer at DI55, the branch of the DIS responsible for the assessment of UFO reports for defence threat. The officer – a RAF Wing Commander – concludes the lid had already been blown on secrecy surrounding defence intelligence interest in UFOs by a series of media revelations. But he said the public perception of DI55 as “defenders of the Earth from the alien menace” was “light years from the truth”. And he told his opposite number on the MoD’s public UFO desk that few people would believe the “embarrassing truth…that lack of funds and higher priorities had prevented a proper study of UFO sightings.”

Another formerly secret document produced by the head of Sec(AS), the MoD’s UFO desk, in the same year underlines the MoD’s lack of interest in UFOs. The official admits that no research had ever been done on UFOs either by DI55 “or anyone else”…

Here’s prominent British UFO researcher Nick Pope on the latest release:

In the clip above, Nick Pope has a laugh about one of the files discussing him not being allowed to dress up as Fox Mulder for a book release at the Ministry of Defence building. He doesn’t mention other references to himself though, including the MoD’s opinion that he has…

…a long history of sailing close to the wind in using his official position to further his public interest in UFOs… far from accurately representing the Department’s position [on UFOs], he [Nick Pope] has sought to embellish the truth at almost every turn.

I haven’t had time to look over the latest file release myself, but you can find more highlights in the various news stories doing the rounds on the back of this latest release of documents (do a search for ‘MoD UFO’ on Google News). According to David Clarke, there may only be one more release of documents left. For information on previous releases, browse the Daily Grail articles below: