The United States Department of Defense has reportedly confirmed the existence of photos and videos of “aircraft interactions” with unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) but has refused to release them.
The statement follows reports of four UAP sightings over the course of a week, in which three objects were shot down by US military aircraft.
The DoD spokesperson revealed that the footage of the UAP incidents remains classified, and no timeline has been provided for its release.
This withholding of information has fuelled speculation about the possible contents of the footage, with many suggesting that it may be embarrassing for the government.
One of the UAPs shot down over the Yukon territory in Canada was speculated to be a $13 hobby balloon belonging to the Northern Illinois Bottlecap Balloon Brigade, which stopped transmitting around the same time that a Raptor fired on an unidentified object.
However, the group’s theory is yet to be confirmed. UFO researcher John Greenewald’s Freedom of Information Act requests to view the images have been turned down by the Pentagon, citing national security exemptions.
The DoD official also noted that the images would reveal “intelligence activities (including covert action), intelligence sources or methods” as well as “scientific, technological, or economic matters relating to the national security”.
Meanwhile, the Canadian and American governments have called off searches for the downed objects.
President Biden later admitted that the UAPs were most likely research balloons, although there has been no official confirmation of this.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz mocked the President’s comments, tweeting that he is providing “powerful deterrence for any high school science clubs that might try to invade America.”
This recent incident marks the latest in a string of UAP sightings in recent years, with the US government acknowledging the phenomenon and establishing a UAP task force in 2020 to investigate and report on sightings.
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