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The CIA released a ton of alien-related documents

The CIA released a ton of alien-related documents

The CIA just released a handful of declassified documents in honor of the return of The X-Files. The release was announced via Twitter on the CIA’s page.

There are a few very weird things to take from that.

To begin with, the CIA is releasing paranormal-related case studies from over the years. It isn’t really surprising that the CIA tracked that sort of thing, but to have it release information like that – for the sake of funsies – is a little odd. Usually things like this come thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, and they are so heavily redacted the pages are mostly dark. This is just the CIA being wacky.

The second weird thing to focus on is that the CIA did this for the return of The X-Files, although maybe that isn’t all that surprising. The X-Files had a huge following in its prime, and that hasn’t really diminished. That makes the return a major event, and there have to be a few CIA employees that are big fans. It’s just odd to think about an organization that is frequently depicted as heartless and brutal, taking an hour off to watch Mulder and Scully.

And third, the CIA has a Twitter account.

The CIA launched its Twitter account awhile back, but it’s still just bizarre to see an organization notorious for secrecy tweeting and retweeting information. It’s just weird.

“How can we possibly know the inner workings of the CIA? Do we need to kidnap an agent? Bribe officials? Attack an outpost?” A terrorist may ask. “No, we can just follow them on Twitter.”

WTF? The technological age is hell on clandestine agencies. Accept, apparently the NSA. It is doing just fine.

Anyway, the article itself, found on the CIA’s website, lists ten articles in total.

“Below you will find five documents we think X-Files character Agent Fox Mulder would love to use to try and persuade others of the existence of extraterrestrial (sic) activity.

“We also pulled five documents we think his skeptical partner, Agent Dana Scully, could use to prove there is a scientific explanation for UFO sightings.”

The articles are interesting, but certainly don’t answer anything conclusively, of course. Instead, it is mostly anecdotal evidence. In that, it’s not all that dissimilar from what the US Air Force recently released regarding UFO sightings and other, similar stories.

It’s not like the CIA would just randomly release information where it actually met an alien or anything, so it probably won’t change the minds of people one way or the other. Still, it’s cool to read them.

And so, so weird to read them courtesy of the CIA.

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