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The U.K. opens up its X-files

The British Ministry of Defense is releasing files on reported UFO sightings.

The truth is out there. In the U.K.

The British Ministry of Defense is opening its UFO files to the public, according to The Guardian. The reports, which date back to 1967, include 24 files, each containing 200 to 300 reports of sightings, plus internal Ministry of Defense briefings and correspondence, the newspaper said.

The U.K. is following the lead of France, which opened its files in March.

British alien watchers are hoping to see information about an incident, dubbed the U.K.'s Roswell, that took place in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, in 1980, when numerous people reported seeing landings.

Blog community response:

"Fox Mulder, of course, would ask how we know they're actually releasing all the files."
--Distant Target

"The U.K. Ministry of Defense is tired of wasting time and money on Freedom of Information requests from UFO enthusiasts so it's taking a leaf from the French copybook and releasing all of its previously secret files on UFO sightings into the public domain. Which is all well and good, but they'll probably still be badgered by people who are convinced that they've only released this material as a smoke-screen to cover the really interesting stuff..."

"The decision to release these files to the public is a major breakthrough and a landmark both for British Ufology and in the wider campaign for Freedom of Information in the U.K."
--UFO Casebook