Skip the introduction and go straight to Afterposten’s alleged cable leak
In a December 3 article of The Guardian, Julian Assange answered readers questions. To one question on UFOs he answered:
Many weirdos email us about UFOs or how they discovered that they were the anti-christ whilst talking with their ex-wife at a garden party over a pot-plant. However, as yet they have not satisfied two of our publishing rules.
1) that the documents not be self-authored;
2) that they be original.
However, it is worth noting that in yet-to-be-published parts of the cablegate archive there are indeed references to UFOs.
So realistically speaking some cables may mention UFOs, but its unlikely any claim direct contact with extraterrestrials, disclosure, or anything beyond UFOs simply being Unidentified Flying Objects.
There some interesting gems in the Wikileaks cables such as Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi parties hard like Andrew WK, Saudi King urged chips for GitMo inmates, and an elderly dentists escape from Iran on horseback. This is all the equivalent of international high school rumors, nothing damning or unexpected.
So what of the UFO cables? Alan Boyle of MSNBC writes:
And what about the pending WikiLeaks disclosure? Well, several countries — including Britain,Canada, France and New Zealand — have been releasing their UFO files over the past few years, so it wouldn’t be surprising if U.S. diplomats cabled back some of the inside scoop about those files as they were coming to light.
Hell, we even know one UFO sighting caused Winston Churchill to issue a coverup.
Afterposten claims to have the first UFO related Wikileaks.
In an alleged cable from December 21 2007:
BKGB Chairman Yuriy Zhadobin on why his organization no longer
investigates paranormal phenomena:
Unlike during the USSR, the department is not engaged in studying paranormal phenomena. [Back then,] we had greater means and opportunities which we could spend on anything and everything. Today the situation is different. Then, when society was excited by something, it entered our sphere of interest. But when it comes to healers, UFOs and such, we just can´t deal with them any more.
This cable isn’t in Wikileak’s list of December 2007 cables, so its authenticity is questioned. Its banality is not. We’ve known for sometime that both the US and USSR dabbled in free wheeling experiments of the psychic and paranormal. We also know with the end of the Cold War there isn’t the money or interest in this stuff.
Even if this cable is legitimate, its nothing new. Move along, nothing to see.