The Ministry of Defence closed its UFO desk in 2009 because it served “no defence purpose” and was taking staff away from “more valuable defence-related activities”, newly released files have revealed.
The latest tranche of declassified MoD UFO files showed the decision was taken to close the desk and its UFO “hotline” in a year when sightings reported to the department had trebled, but that, in more than 50 years, none had indicated the existence of “any military threat to the UK”.
The 25 files, released today by the National Archives, include 4,400 pages and cover the work carried out in the final two years of the MoD’s UFO desk, from late 2007 until November 2009.
They include accounts of alleged abductions and contact with aliens and UFO sightings near UK landmarks, as well as documentation of the decision to close the UFO desk.
The decision was taken to close the desk and bring to an end the “UFO hotline” by officials who deemed it had no “defence benefit”, and the resources that were being devoted to it were taking staff away from “more valuable defence-related activities”. . . .
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