UFOs: a close encounter for the third volume
The question of whether UFO 'sightings' may actually, in the view of the Ministry of Defence, involve secret US spy planes, continues to interest some media.
It stems from the MoD responding to a freedom of information request by last month releasing a lengthy three-volume study of unidentified aerial phenomena, as reported by Newsnight and mentioned by me.
I've now been told that at first MoD officials only wanted to release volumes 1 and 2 of the report, and not volume 3, which was classified secret originally because of the information it contains about radar performance. This plan was over-ruled when someone with more acute political antennae argued that holding back volume 3 would only convince many UFO enthusiasts that it was the crucial volume with all the details of visiting aliens.