For First Time Ever, CIA Admits Existence of “Area 51”


dfdf After years of government denials, the CIA is acknowledging in newly declassified documents the existence of Area 51, the mysterious site in central Nevada that has spawned top-secret tools, weapons and not a few UFO conspiracies. George Washington University’s National Security Archive obtained a CIA history of the U-2 spy plane program through a public records request and released it Thursday. National Security Archive senior fellow Jeffrey Richelson reviewed the history in 2002, but all mentions of Area 51 had been redacted. READ: The newly declassified CIA documents Richelson says he requested the history again in 2005 and received a version a few weeks ago with mentions of Area 51 restored. Officials have already acknowledged in passing the existence of the facility in central Nevada where the government is believed to test intelligence tools and weapons. Richelson believes the new document shows the CIA is becoming less secretive about Area 51’s existence, if not about what goes at the location 90 miles north of Las Vegas. The references are found in a CIA history of the U-2 reconnaissance program written in 1992. The history even recalls the first time CIA project director Richard Bissell and Air Force officer Col. Osmund Ritlandt spotted the site, which was then an old airstrip by the salt flat named Groom Lake. http://www.wbir.com/news/article/284700/16/CIA-The-mysterious-Area-51-exists

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