Skeptics Weighing in on Assange UFO Files

When Julian Assange proposed that the Wikileaks cables in his “failsafe” file contained information referencing UFOs, for understandable reasons the UFO community was thrilled that it may have found a new window into the secret government world of alien visitation and cover-ups.  But just as many in the UFO community are still wary of the prospect, skeptics are also weighing in on the subject suggesting that the cables might not be the holy grail of UFOlogy that we once had hoped for.

Skeptic, writer, and radio host Micah Hanks weighed in on the paranormal news site Gralien Report with his take on the an ongoing search by The Guardian to uncover any hints to a UFO conspiracy in the information they had access to.  It’s likely the information here will eventually become public in the coming years and so the way the information was handled at this time will be under the scrutiny of historians just as much as the government itself.  And so it seems just as relevant today to what we do with this information (or lack of it).  And judging from his response, Hanks has certainly proved prudently and appropriately cautious in this case.

Here are a few of the facts.  First, the cables would have been accessible to roughly one percent of the population.  Though this number may seem high, keep in mind that not all of those searching it were actually doing so at their leisure.  Nonetheless, if information regarding the UFO phenomenon were available that proved once and for all that -for example- a crashed flying saucer were being studied by engineers at Area 51, then it seems likely this leak could have happened long ago.  And even if it had and failed the information would have then been filed away at a higher secrecy level.  The details the cables deal with were a relatively low level of secrecy compared to some of the more pressing conspiracy theories out there.

The story that Julian Assange might be sitting on the holy grail of alien evidence is certainly tempting.  And it definitely will sell newspapers, as it has since he made his announcement.  But as it has not become a central point in his campaign of journalism and the fact that the context suggested many of those contributing UFO related material were “crazy” could tell us quite a bit.  But here are a few facts to consider.

First, if there were an important fact that any government needed to keep secret, it would try to inform as few people as possible of the fact.  In the case of UFOs, it would need to screen people extensively before it told them that the machines they were dealing with were of other-worldly origin.  People such as the head of the CIA, top generals, the head of Lockeed Martin, and research heads would be in the know in such a scenario.  A file clerk appropriating funds or a lieutenant with a low level security clearance would likely not.  And the system would run just as smoothly without this knowledge.  In fact, in some cases it would run even smoother if only a few people knew what was actually going on.

But what was Assange talking about?  Perhaps as with so many others, there were cables suggesting other world leaders and their interest in the subject of UFOs.  After all, whether there is actually anything to the UFO phenomenon or not, there is no controversy over whether it is a popular topic worldwide.