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U.K. declassifies UFO files (photos)

The British government releases thousands of files related to flying-saucer sightings over the years.

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Charles Cooper
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Strange light over Sri Lanka

Between 1959 and 2007, Britain's Defense Intelligence branch has logged "more than 11,000 UFO reports." One of them featured this photo of a strange light in the sky over Sri Lanka. This photo was taken by an RAF officer on vacation with his wife and then put into the U.K.'s National Archive.

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Sri Lanka UFO

Another view of light in sky over Sri Lanka. The British government has released 8,500 pages of previously classified documents detailing its decades-long effort to respond to the public's insistence that flying saucers exist.

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3 of 12 British National Archive

Creating crop circles

Color sketch of a "spaceship" creating crop circles.

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Woolwich UFO

Sketch of "spacecraft" seen near Woolwich, England.

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Sketchy UFO

Sketch of "spaceship."

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Wales UFO

Sketch of UFO, South Wales.

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7 of 12 British National Archive

Scottish UFO

Sketch of UFO in Scotland.

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8 of 12 British National Archive

Liverpool UFO

Sketch of UFO sighted over Liverpool.

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Video still of UFO #1

Video still of UFO.

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Video still of UFO #2

Video still of UFO.

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Video still of UFO #3

Video still of UFO.

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Video still of UFO #4

Video still of UFO.

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