June 7, 2011

Report Says Australia Military Lost Its UFO Files

A newspaper report said on Tuesday that Australia's military lost its X-Files, some of which detail sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) across the country.

The Sydney Morning Herald said that after a two-month search in response to a newspaper Freedom of Information (FOI) request it found that Australia's Department of Defense had been unable to locate the files.

"The files could not be located and Headquarters Air Command formally advised that this file is deemed lost," the department's FOI assistant director, Natalie Carpenter, told the paper.

Carpenter said the only file Defense had been able to locate was a folder called:  "Report on UFOs/Strange Occurrences and Phenomena in Woomera," a military weapons testing range in the center of Australia's outback.

The remaining file detailed a series of UFO sightings from around the country and overseas, including people living in towns near Woomera.

X-Files refer to supposed government records detailing paranormal mysteries, usually involving fictitious alien species.

The Herald reported that Australia's military decided to stop taking UFO sightings reports in late 2000, asking members of the public to report incidents to police instead.


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