Government Admits Existence of Area 51

Clearly, “the smoking man” has been on vacation.

For reasons unknown (though we’d like to imagine Mulder and Skully had at least something to do with it), previously classified information in CIA documents has been made part of the public record. These reports, which were posted online last Thursday by the National Security Archive at George Washington University, not only refer to the legendary Area 51 by name, but actually locate it on a map —  in the Mojave Desert about 100 miles north of Las Vegas, along the dry Groom Lake bed.

Though the report mentions many an interesting aircraft that have been tested at the base since the 1950’s, including the U-2, the SR-71 Blackbird, the F-117A stealth fighter, and the B-2 stealth bomber, there’s no mention of alien spacecraft, otherworldly corpses, or this guy: Such omissions, however, are unlikely to put a damper on the UFO rumors — the 407-page document contains many redactions, and who’s to say the blacked-out information isn’t E.T.-related?

Either way, we do now know that the decades’ worth of repeated government statements about the non-existence of a base called “Area 51” were not, in fact, “entirely accurate.”