The Pentagon released three released videos Monday that show U.S. Navy pilots encountering apparently unidentified flying objects.
The grainy videos that the Pentagon says are “unclarified aerial phenomena” were leaked earlier, with some believing they show extraterrestrial unidentified flying objects (UFOs).
The Pentagon said it released the footage to “clear up any public misunderstandings as to whether the footage in circulation was genuine or whether the video contained more or not,”
“After a thorough review, the department determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos did not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems, and did not affect subsequent investigations into military airspace intrusions by unidentified aerial phenomena,” the statement said.
The videos were “publicly released in 2007 and 2017 after unauthorized releases,” the statement said, adding that “the aerial phenomena observed in the videos continue to be labeled as” unidentified “.”
The three videos show what the pilots saw during the training flights in 2004 and 2015. Two of the videos were published by the New York Times in 2017. The other video was released by the To the Stars group of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, a media and a media group, private scientific organization.
The Pentagon’s release of the videos will add to the legitimacy of the videos and will stimulate more speculation that people have recently interacted with extraterrestrials. The Navy has guidelines for reporting UFO sightings.
In response, former Nevada Democratic Senate chair Harry Reid tweeted the three videos “just scratching the surface of the available research and materials.”