UFOs still arouse as much public interest. Even if their existence has not yet been proven to date, ufologists are not discouraged. They continue to sift through all the documents, videos and images that could allow them to trace back to one of these flying objects from another world.
They should welcome the recent announcement of The Black Vault, the largest private archive of declassified documents in the world. This platform has indeed formalized the publication of several hundred PDF documents containing information collected by the CIA on UFOs. All of this data is accessible to the general public and can be downloaded free of charge.
Some of these documents date from the 1980s. According to John Greenewald, the founder of The Black Vault, the CIA claimed that this was all data collected in recent years on "unidentified aerial phenomena. Or UAP, for "Unidentified Aerial Phenomena. "
Documents obtained on behalf of FOIA
Retrieving these documents from the CIA was no easy feat. John Greenewald said it took nearly 10,000 reports written in the name of the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) to get them. After that he had to scan them by hand.
“About 20 years ago, I had to fight for years for the CIA to give me access to additional UFO data. It was like pulling out a tooth. I didn't let go and I finally got there. I received a huge box with thousands of pages and had to scan them one by one. "
John Greenwald faced additional difficulties when he obtained these famous documents. According to him, the CIA did not facilitate their use:
“The CIA has made their use incredibly difficult, but within reason. They offered me a very outdated format (multi page .tif) and almost unusable text files. "
In the end, his efforts paid off. To make sure he did have all of the CIA documents on UFOs, he purchased a CD-ROM created by the federal agency in 2020. It contains all of the documents that have been released by the CIA before. .
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The Black Vault recorded thousands of downloads on its platform 24 hours after the publication of these documents.