The US Navy has blocked the release of its never-before-seen UFO videos saying it would “harm national security”.
Military chiefs are holding at least 24 videos of unexplained craft the public has never set eyes on.
They relate to 19 separate sightings in the second half of 2019. A website specialising in UFO investigation made a Freedom Of Information request to make the videos public.
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But military chiefs said no. Gregory Cason, deputy director of the Navy’s Freedom Of Information Act office, wrote: “The release of this information will harm national security as it may provide adversaries valuable information regarding Department of Defense/Navy operations, vulnerabilities, and/or capabilities.
"No portions of the videos can be segregated for release.
"Cason said they had been able to declassify three videos showing encounters between Top Gun Navy pilots and unidentified aerial phenomena which were made public two years ago."
He said military chiefs had deemed it possible to make that move `without further damage to national security’.
But the same could not be said of other footage.
Bosses of The Black Vault website plan to appeal.
The row comes as the US Government probes 144 reported close encounters between military pilots and mysterious craft.
Marik von Rennenkampff, a former analyst with the US State Department’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, said the videos should be released.
He told political website The Hill: "The Pentagon has at least two dozen, and likely far more, UFO videos in its possession.
"Despite public commitments to transparency officials refuse to release any of the footage."
"The public release of non-sensitive UFO videos could quickly resolve several cases.
"The Pentagon must abide by its emphatic commitments to transparency and release all such UFO footage."
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