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Area 51 mapped: CIA admits secret Nevada test site is real

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Area 51 mapped thanks to recently released CIA documents admitting the existence of the test site. Located near Groom Lake, Nevada, about 83 miles north-northwest of Las Vegas, the name has never been used in any official documentation until now. According to CNN August 16, 2013, the government maintains that it was merely a test site and nothing more.

According to these reports, which include a map of the base's location in Nevada, Area 51 was merely a testing site for the government's U-2 and OXCART aerial surveillance programs.

Area 51 mapped but offered no insight into the stories of UFOs or alien bodies being stored there. The fact is that this information came out of a Freedom of Information Act request originally from 2005. What is new is the lack of as much redaction by the CIA, which may signify a more relaxed approach going forward. Who knows what will be released next.

Area 51 mapped by the CIA revealed an image equivalent to one that anyone could get by doing a Google Maps search of the location. The base was never that secret, it was just difficult to approach. It is contained inside of a box of 23 by 25 miles of restricted airspace and you can only get as close as a ridge miles away on foot or by vehicle.

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