On Thursday, the government released some information about a site that has been discussed by conspiracy theorists for decades.
An official document was released that reveals the location of Area 51 and includes an official government acknowledgment that the facility exists.
The National Security Archive at George Washington University received the document eight years after filing a Freedom of Information Act request. It reveals information about the development of the U-2 spy plane. The 400-page document is called the "Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: The U-2 and Oxcart Programs."
The repot details a plan by officials at attract engineers to the site:
“The outlines of Area 51 are shown on current unclassified maps as a small rectangular area adjoining the northeast corner of the much larger Nevada Test Site. To make the new facility in the middle of nowhere sound more attractive to his workers, [Lockheed engineer] Kelly Johnson called it the Paradise Ranch, which was soon shortened to the Ranch.”
Even though there are no mentions of aliens or UFOs, the release of the report is considered to be a step in the right direction, The Huffington Post reported.
“It marks an end of official secrecy about the facts of Area 51,” Jeffrey Richelson, a senior fellow with the National Security Archive. “It opens up the possibility that future accounts of this and other aerial projects will be less redacted, more fully explained in terms of their presence in Area 51.”