The United States Navy this week officially denied a Freedom of Information Act request filed in 2020 by a government watchdog for UFO videos, saying the release of such information may “harm national security.”
Responding after almost two years to the FOIA request, the Navy wrote in its response, issued on Wednesday, that releasing the videos would reveal important US security information to adversaries.
“The release of this information will harm national security as it may provide adversaries valuable information regarding Department of Defense/Navy operations, vulnerabilities, and/or capabilities,” wrote Gregory Cason, deputy director of the Navy’s FOIA office. “No portions of the videos can be segregated for release.”
The videos first surfaced in 2017, and were first released by the New York Times in reports about the government’s investigation into Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), or, as the government officially calls them, Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP).
At the time, the US Navy said the videos had not been cleared for official release and should be kept confidential. The government watchdog group The Black Vault filed the FOIA request at that time.
“While three UAP videos were released in the past, the facts specific to those three videos are unique in that those videos were initially released via unofficial channels before official release,” Cason wrote in his denial letter.
“Those events were discussed extensively in the public domain; in fact, major news outlets conducted specials on these events. Given the amount of information in the public domain regarding these encounters, it was possible to release the files without further damage to national security.”
The Black Vault says it is appealing the decision to deny the FOIA request.
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