One would think that of all FBI documents to scrutinize, those involving celebrities or elected officials would be the most popular. Who would have guessed a 1950 memo about UFOs would take top honor?
The FBI Vault, a “high-tech electronic reading room housing various Bureau records released under the Freedom of Information Act,” was launched in 2011, according to the FBI’s website. Since then, a memo dated March 22, 1950, written by Guy Hottel, the head of an FBI field office in Washington, D.C., and addressed to then-Director J. Edgar Hoover has been viewed nearly a million times.
The memo reported an eye-witness account of a UFO sighting in New Mexico. Some details provided:
They [the saucers] were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only three feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed fliers and test pilots.
The FBI said the memo was released in the 1970s and has actually been posted on its website for years. But when it was first posted on the Vault, the media confused it with the famed Roswell UFO sighting, which occurred three years earlier. That was enough to draw massive traffic to the website by those curious about the memo.
The memo doesn’t provide proof that the UFO actually existed, and no follow-up investigation was ever done.
“Sorry, no smoking gun on UFOs. The mystery remains…,” the FBI website says.
See a Fox News report on the memo here: