The footage shows unidentified objects flying at high speeds in Earth’s atmosphere.
The U.S. Department of Defense has released three previously unclassified videos taken by U.S. Navy pilots of "unidentified aerial phenomena."
This was done in order to "clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos," stated the Pentagon on Monday.
The Pentagon released videos showing ‘unidentified aerial phenomena,’ confirming the authenticity of the clips, which have been circulating online for years pic.twitter.com/ldrH3FktNZ— Reuters (@Reuters) April 28, 2020
The footage shows unidentified flying objects maneuvering rapidly in the Earth’s atmosphere, all of which were accompanied by audio of Navy pilots' reactions. One of the three videos was taken in November 2004 while the other two were captured in January 2015; they were subsequently leaked in 2007 and 2017, and the video clips have been making the rounds on the internet ever since.
In an official statement on Monday, the Pentagon said:
The Department of Defense has authorized the release of three unclassified Navy videos, one taken in November 2004 and the other two in January 2015, which have been circulating in the public domain after unauthorized releases in 2007 and 2017. The U.S. Navy previously acknowledged that these videos circulating in the public domain were indeed Navy videos. After a thorough review, the department has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems, and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena. DOD is releasing the videos in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos. The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as "unidentified."
The released videos can be found at the Naval Air Systems Command FOIA Reading Room under the file names FLIR, GOFAST, and GIMBAL.
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