The CIA Unveils an 'X-Files' Dump of UFO Documents

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People with laptops are silhouetted in front of a screen projected with binary code and a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) emblem. Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Thousands of X-Files fans eagerly anticipating the premiere of the series reboot last Sunday found themselves perplexed when the CIA that day tweeted: "Take a Peek Into Our #XFiles." The post went on to say that the agency had singled out "5 docs for Mulder & 5 for Scully," referring to the two FBI agents in the cult sci-fi series. That was followed by an alien emoji and two photos of what appear to be Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).

Turns out that back in 1978, the CIA declassified hundreds of documents concerning its investigations, mostly in the 1940s and '50s, into the matter of UFOs. Now, conspiracy theorists and UFO enthusiasts alike can poke around in the files.

Fittingly, the reports are divided into two parts: On one side are those that extraterrestrial believers like Mulder will be keen on, such as a compilation of flying saucer reports; and on the other are documents that skeptics not unlike Scully might find intriguing, such as a Scientific Advisory Panel on UFOs.

At the bottom of the post, the CIA invites those who "want to believe" to find out how they can investigate flying saucers.

It's unclear what concrete information, if any, believers can garner from the documents. But it's a distraction, at least, until the next X-Files episode airs. And maybe, just maybe, it hints that the truth may be out there after all.