The Department of Defense has confirmed the existence of top secret files related to an incident involving the USS Nimitz and an unidentified object flying through nearby airspace, adding that the release of the files could hamper national security efforts.
Responding to a Freedom of Information Act request, the Office of Naval Intelligence noted that “certain briefing slides that are classified TOP SECRET.”
Navy paralegal specialist Camille V’Estres added that release of the records would “cause exceptionally grave damage to the National Security of the United States.”
“The materials would trigger protections under subcategory c) the Intelligence Activities of the United States, as well as the Sources and Methods that are being used to gather information in support of the National Security of the United States”, V’Estres wrote.
According to the Washington Examiner, even the Pentagon was somewhat tight-lipped on the matter.
“I can tell you that the date of the 2004 USS Nimitz video is Nov. 14, 2004. I can also tell you that the length of the video that’s been circulating since 2007 is the same as the length of the source video,” said Pentagon spokeswoman Susan Gough. “We do not expect to release this video.”
The Naval Aviator who filmed the incident, Chad Underwood, noted the object flew in an “erratic” fashion.
“What I mean by ‘erratic’ is that its changes in altitude, air speed, and aspect were just unlike things that I’ve ever encountered before flying against other air targets,” he said. “It was just behaving in ways that aren’t physically normal.”
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