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Wikileaks cable confirms extensive Soviet UFO investigations

Commentary: This is not the proverbial smoking gun for disclosure, nor is the information pertained in the release really 'news' with respect the to reference to UFOs. The release is simply a weekly communication from an embassy in Minsk which has been compiled from news sources which are likely to have been in the public domain. Indeed the paragraph that mentions "UFOs" is titled "Quote of the week" and is very likely also taken from a public domain source such as a newspaper or journal. UFO researchers, investigations and indeed, UK TV audiences have for years been made privy to the extent that Soviet Union took the UFO issue seriously and funded research into it. This Wikileaks release says nothing about the subject of UFOs. Remember that the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense UFO files releases appear to only ever cover information that is already in the public domain. After the arrest of Julian Assange and his release on bail can we really be surprised that the first Wikileaks UFO release appears to be following a pattern of 'official releases' quoting the general public on matters of UFOs. 

Soviet UFO Crash 1968The first Wikileaks U.S. diplomatic cable that mentions UFOs has just been released. It is based on comments by Yuriy Zhadobin, chairman of the intelligence service of the former Soviet Republic of Belarus. In the cable prepared by the U.S. Embassy in Minsk, Zhadobin is reported to have said that during the time of the Soviet Union, there were almost unlimited funds for investigating the UFO phenomenon. He laments that after the Soviet break up, Belarus no longer has the funds to investigate UFOs to the extent it once had.

This is what Zhadobin said in the cable just released by the Norwegian newspaper, Aftenposten:

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.

Wikileaks has so far only released 2000 of approximately 250,000 diplomatic cables, less than one percent. In an interview with the Guardian newspaper in December 2010, Julian Assange confirmed that some of the unreleased cables do concern UFOs. Those yet to be released cables may reveal the extent to which the U.S. and other countries have investigated, and publicly covered up the UFO phenomenon and its relationship to extraterrestrial life.