All the declassified and publicly
available files that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has on
unidentified flying objects (UFOs) can now be downloaded.
These documents can be downloaded from the Black
Vault, which is the world’s largest privately run archive of declassified documents. The company has already
released a downloadable document archive with PDF files containing CIA
documents on these objects. Some of the files also date back to the 1980s.
John Greenewald Jr., the company’s founder,
said, “Around 20 years ago, I had fought for years to
get additional UFO records released from the CIA. It was like pulling teeth! I
went around and around with them to try and do so, finally achieving it. I
received a large box, of a couple thousand pages, and I had to scan them in one
page at a time,” Motherboard reported.
The CIA had created a CD-ROM of all the previously released
files as well as the as ones that the Black Vault was attempting to unseal. The
company purchased the CD-ROM last year
to ensure that it has a record of all the CIA documents.
“Researchers and curious minds
alike prefer simplicity and accessibility when they look at data dumps such as
these. The CIA has made it incredibly difficult to use their records in a
reasonable manner. They offer a format that is very outdated (multi page .tif)
and offer text file outputs, largely unusable, that I think they intend to have
people use as a ‘search’ tool. In my opinion, this outdated format makes
it very difficult for people to see the documents, and use them, for any
research purpose,” Greenewald told the outlet.
Thousands of people have already downloaded the files within
24 hours of its release.