Millions of CIA documents on UFOs and paranormal activity released online

Months ahead of a deadline for US agencies to reveal everything they know about UFOs to Senators, the CIA's entire archive has apparently been uploaded to the internet for everyone to see.

Millions of pages of documents have appeared on The Black Vault, a website dedicated to "exposing government secrets" by acquiring declassified documents and making them available to the public.

Founder John Greenewald Jr says it's the culmination of 20 years of lobbying and Freedom of Information requests. 

"Around 20 years ago, I had fought for years to get additional UFO records released from the CIA," Greenewald told Motherboard.  

"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."

The motherlode came on a CD-ROM he acquired last year, Greenewald complaining the CIA has made it as difficult as possible to access the documents, which date back to the 1950s. 

"They offer a format that is very outdated (multi page .tif) and offer text file outputs, largely unusable, that I think they intend to have people use as a 'search' tool," he told Motherboard. 

"In my opinion, this outdated format makes it very difficult for people to see the documents, and use them, for any research purpose."

Undeterred, he spent time converting the files into PDF format which can be easily viewed on modern computers, and in cases where the text hasn't been redacted or rendered illegible through poor-quality photocopying, searchable. 

"Although the CIA claims this is their 'entire' collection, there may be no way to entirely verify that," he wrote on the Black Vault blog. 

"Research by The Black Vault will continue to see if there are additional documents still uncovered within the CIA's holdings."

One of the documents, detailing an alleged Nazi UFO.
One of the documents, detailing an alleged Nazi UFO. Photo credit: The Black Vault/CIA

At this stage the files are merely labelled by number, with no indication of their contents. Newshub opened a few, and found:

The CIA has declined to comment on the contents of the upload.

A COVID-19 relief package passed into law earlier this year contained a  clause requiring the Pentagon, FBI and other intelligence agencies to spill the beans on "observed airborne objects that have not been identified", as well as supply "detailed analysis of unidentified phenomena data", within 180 days.