The truth is out there: UK X-Files put online

Thu Aug 11, 2011 12:27pm EDT
 
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By Alice Baghdjian

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Men in black, Mork and Mindy, shining lights in the sky and more than 20 years of other alien visitations and bizarre sightings recorded in Britain's own "X-Files" were made available online to the public on Thursday.

The nearly 9,000 pages of UFO-related documents, drawings, letters and parliamentary questions recorded by Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD) from 1985 to 2007 are the eighth batch of UFO files to be released to the National Archives (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ufos).

The files are available to view for free online for one month and include the tale of one woman and her daughter from the leafy London neighborhood of East Dulwich who said they saw lights in a worm shape, wriggling around in the sky before being visited by two men in space suits and dark glasses early one chilly January morning in 2003.

The men, who carried a clicking transmitter, introduced themselves as Mork and Mindy (ironically also the name of a hit U.S. television comedy in the late 1970s and early 80s about an alien who lives on Earth). The beings warned the woman not to look at the shapes in the sky because of possible radiation and offered to wash her eyes with a solution.

After enquiring about her star sign, they left.

Although entertaining, the files may prove a blow to conspiracy theorists who believe the government is withholding information about extra-terrestrial visitors.

"Lots of people continue to believe that the release of these files is just a whitewash and the government is concealing the fact that we are not alone in the universe," David Clarke, National Archives consultant and Senior Lecturer in Journalism at Sheffield Hallam University told Reuters.

"There is nothing you can do to disprove this -- no matter how many files are released, if people don't see what they want in the files, they don't believe it's the truth," he said.   Continued...

 
<p>A close-up of an elliptical-shaped object taken in 2004 outside a town hall in central England. REUTERS/UK National Archives</p>