CIA has released UFO files following a Freedom of Information Act request by podcaster John Greenwald Jr. Greenwald made the files available in searchable PDF format on his website “Black Vault.” Most of the information is visibly redacted. On January 8, Greenwald tweeted that he has a “Mandatory Declassification Review” request pending for the last two years to get rid of some of the redactions.
According to Black Vault, the CIA has created a CD-ROM containing previously released records as well as the records that Black Vault attempted to unseal. The blog purchased the CD-ROM in mid-2020.
CIA claims to have provided all of the information on UFO files. However, looking at the PDF files, it is evident that it is mostly redacted, Greenwald told VICE. He also said that that the documents were made difficult to understand and resolve.
“Federal agencies love to give the illusion they release documents to the public in complete collections. Often, that’s proven wrong,” said Greenwald in a Twitter post.
According to Greenwald’s blog post, he has spent the last two decades on multiple FOIA requests in pursuit of non-confidential UFO files.
The release comes at a historic moment in time. Just last year, the Defense Department declassified a video taken by navy pilots, showing blurry objects on the aircraft’s radar in 2004 and 2015. The department confirmed that the footage did not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems.
Though the PDF files are available for download by anyone, Greenwald has expressed his frustration on Twitter about the information itself as most of the released documents are redacted.
The PDF files can be found on the Black Vault website blog.
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