US Pentagon acknowledges existence of unidentified flying objects

The US Department of Defense has officially released three previously leaked videos of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) saying it wants people to know the truth.

A statement on the Department of Defense website confirmed the videos have been reviewed and releasing the footage does not breach security.

The footage has been officially released to "clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real," according to Pentagon spokesperson Sue Gough.

The videos were first published by the New York Times in 2017. 

One of them shows an incident from 2004 where two Navy pilots encounter an object hovering above the water before shooting off into the sky. The other two were filmed in 2015. One shows a UFO racing above water and another rotating in mid-air. 

"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," Gough is quoted as saying by CNN.

While the Pentagon does not know what the objects are, this doesn't mean they are alien spaceships. They simply can't be identified or explained by current aeronautical knowledge.

The US Department of Defense has a long history of investigating UFOs.

 In 2007 Nevada Senator Harry Reid dedicated $22 million a year to the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program. The program was kept secret until 2017 when the Department of Defense admitted it had existed from 2007 until 2012 when a change in funding priorities forced its closure.