The Navy said that they have top-secret information about unidentified flying objects (UFOs) that could cause “exceptionally grave damage to the National Security of the United States” if made public.
A Navy representative responded to a Freedom of Information Act request sent by a researcher named Christian Lambright by saying the Navy had “discovered certain briefing slides that are classified TOP SECRET,” Vice wrote last week.
The representative from the Navy’s Office of Naval Intelligence added: “The Original Classification Authority has determined that the release of these materials would cause exceptionally grave damage to the National Security of the United States.”
The person also said the Navy had at least one related video classified as “SECRET”.
Vice said it independently verified the response to Lambright’s request with the Navy.
The request for information is connected to a series of videos of Navy pilots chasing mysterious, fast objects in the sky.
The Navy previously confirmed it was treating these objects as UFOs.
The term UFO, along with others like “unidentified aerial phenomena” and “unidentified flying object,” does not necessarily mean the object is thought to be extraterrestrial. Many such sightings ultimately end up having logical and earthly explanations — often involving military technology.
A spokeswoman for the Pentagon had also previously told The Black Vault, a civilian-run archive of government documents, that the videos “were never officially released to the general public by the DOD and should still be withheld.”
The Department of Defense videos show pilots confused by what they are seeing. In one video, the pilot said: “What the f— is that thing?”
The Pentagon spokeswoman Susan Gough said this week that an investigation into “sightings is ongoing”.
Joseph Gradisher, the Navy’s spokesman for the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, told The Black Vault last year: “The Navy has not publicly released characterizations or descriptions, nor released any hypothesis or conclusions, in regard to the objects contained in the referenced videos.”
Gradisher also said that the Department of Defense videos were filmed in 2004 and 2015, The New York Times report also said that one of the videos was from 2004.