Information newly declassified by the CIA reveals details about Area 51, the subject of UFO conspiracy theories. Documents declassified in 2005 contained the information, but references to Area 51 were redacted.
Jeffrey Richelson, a National Security Archive senior fellow had filed the Freedom of Information Act request that led to the declassification.
The information released August 15 contains a map of the area, information on the U-2 missions in support of the 1958 Indonesian rebellion and the Tibetan rebellion against the Chinese Communist Party, and more.
Richelson explained in a posting on the National Security Archive website on August 15: “The newly released material provides a combination of significant new material, official confirmation of—or corrections to—what has been written, and official acknowledgment that permits researchers to follow up the disclosures with FOIA or Mandatory Declassification Review requests that may produce even more information.”
He added, “Moreover, like any historical study, the CIA history may include errors that will require further scrutiny by researchers in the field.”
The government left conspiracy theorists only half satisfied, however—it did not acknowledge the existence of UFOs.