Another former federal official is acknowledging the possible existence of UFOs just a couple of weeks before a government-sanctioned report on "unidentified aerial phenomena" is expected to be sent to Congress.
Luis Elizondo, former director of the defense department's Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, told "60 Minutes" that some reported sightings don't have explanations.
"We're going through our due diligence. Is it some sort of new type of cruise missile technology that China has developed? Is it some sort of high-altitude balloon that's conducting reconnaissance? Ultimately when you have exhausted all those what-ifs and you're still left with the fact that this is in our airspace and it's real, that's when it becomes compelling, and that's when it becomes problematic," Elizondo told the broadcast news outlet.
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Also speaking on the same Sunday night segment, former Navy pilot David Fravor discussed a 2004 incident off Southern California in which he said he and three other pilots spotted an unexplained large area of roiling whitewater surrounded by a calm sea.
"And we saw this little white Tic Tac-looking object. And it's just kind of moving above the whitewater area," Fravor told "60 Minutes."
The director of national intelligence and secretary of defense were tasked with creating the unclassified report for intelligence and armed services committees in Congress.
Former National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe told Fox News' Maria Bartiromo on March 19 that the report would include information that cannot easily be explained.
Ratcliffe said some UFO sightings have been declassified in the past, but the report will present more information to the American people.
"There have been sightings all over the world," he said. "And when we talk about sightings, the other thing I will tell you, it’s not just a pilot or just a satellite or some intelligence collection. Usually, we have multiple sensors that are picking up these things."
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