The truth is out there: UK X-Files put online

Men in black, Mork and Mindy, shining lights in the sky and more than 20 years of other alien visitations...

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Men in black,

Mork and Mindy, shining lights in the sky and more than 20 years of

other alien visitations and bizarre sightings recorded in Britain's own

"X-Files" were made available online to the public on Thursday.

The nearly 9,000 pages of

UFO-related documents, drawings, letters and parliamentary questions

recorded by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) from 1985 to 2007 are the

eighth batch of UFO files to be released to the National Archives ( here).

The

files are available to view for free online for one month and include

the tale of one woman and her daughter from the leafy London

neighbourhood of East Dulwich who said they saw lights in a worm shape,

wriggling around in the sky before being visited by two men in space

suits and dark glasses early one chilly January morning in 2003.

The

men, who carried a clicking transmitter, introduced themselves as Mork

and Mindy (ironically also the name of a hit U.S. television comedy in

the late 1970s and early 80s about an alien who lives on Earth). The

beings warned the woman not to look at the shapes in the sky because of

possible radiation and offered to wash her eyes with a solution.

After enquiring about her star sign, they left.

Although

entertaining, the files may prove a blow to conspiracy theorists who

believe the government is withholding information about

extra-terrestrial visitors.

"Lots

of people continue to believe that the release of these files is just a

whitewash and the government is concealing the fact that we are not

alone in the universe," David Clarke, National Archives consultant and

Senior Lecturer in Journalism at Sheffield Hallam University told

Reuters.

"There is nothing you can

do to disprove this -- no matter how many files are released, if people

don't see what they want in the files, they don't believe it's the

truth," he said.

In one 1995 memo,

MoD officials admit that "higher priorities" had prevented a full-scale

study of the thousands of UFO reports they had received since World War

Two and state that the public perception of the MoD's DI55 branch as a

defender of the Earth from an alien menace was "light years from the

truth."

"The files suggest that the

UK government knows as much as we do about alien visitors and has no

evidence to suggest we have ever been visited, despite the interest it

has taken in sightings over the years. In my view this is the truth, but

will people believe it?" Clarke said.

Nevertheless,

the files document enough close encounters to whet the appetite of any

Mulder and Scully fan. The files even contain a memo in which Winston

Churchill is reported to have been interested in sightings of UFOs above

Washington in 1952.

Several of

the UFO reports are handwritten letters to the MoD from members of the

public who are adamant about the existence of what they have seen.

"As

God is my witness it's true and you should take note of it because, who

knows, one day they might come in their hundreds," warns one man, who

sighted a large, silent object with a bright orange light lift off from

the fields near his home in Wales in 2002.

In

the same year another man reported seeing six spherical objects

speeding around in the night sky as he and his son were going to a fish

and chip shop in the northern English city of Lancaster.

Other

files reveal that experts from the Defence Geographic and Imagery

Intelligence Agency (DGIA) were called upon to examine a photograph of a

"flying saucer" taken in 2004 outside a town hall in central England

but could not reach any "definitive conclusions" on the contents of the

picture.

"This batch of files is

certainly the most interesting that's been released so far because we

get to see some of the policy files related to the government's handling

of UFO reports," Clarke said.

"As

for the sightings in the files, they document the odd things that people

have always seen in sky. Ultimately unidentified flying objects are

just that -- unidentified. They could have been caused by anything."