In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the CIA has officially acknowledged what we all knew anyway: That Area 51 is a real place. Previously unrecognized by the government, the remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base and the hub for so-called alien remains has been officially recognized, reports The Washington Post on Aug. 17.
While the government has lifted the veil on the location of the secret facility in the southern portion of Nevada, extra-terrestrial enthusiasts shouldn’t get their hopes up. There was no acknowledgement of any 8-foot, squid-like aliens floating in formaldehyde.
In typical government snail-like timing, the National Security Archive at George Washington University received their report, eight years after their FOIA request was filed.
The documents do give some detail on the Lockheed U-2 spy plane, developed in 1955 after World War II during U.S. and Soviet tensions. Area 51 was the enigmatic site for the spy plane’s testing and development.
The fact that the shroud has been lifted, albeit only halfway, is being hailed as a success at getting government to reveal a little bit about the mysterious test base that is central to UFO folklore.
“It marks an end of official secrecy about the facts of Area 51,” says Jeffrey Richelson, a senior official with the National Security Archive. “It opens up the possibility that future accounts of this and other aerial projects will be less redacted, more fully explained in terms of their presence in Area 51.”
Feel free to peruse the declassified documents yourself.