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This is a secret document, declassified because of the Freedom Of Information Act.

Paris Match, 1953:

A deputy director of the scientific intelligence has been intrigued by an article in the french Magazine Paris Match on a radar visual sighting (if you have this article send it to me at patrick.gross@inbox.com).

He does not know if the intelligence is interested or not. The rest can be guessed reading between the lines.

Document references:

Title:FLYING SAUCERS (MATCH MAGAZINE CARRIED AN ARTICLE ON UFO SIGHTING; MAR S WILL
Pages:1
Pub Date:March 26, 1956
Release Date:November 17, 1978
Case Number:F-1975-03653
Release Decision:RIPPUB
Classification:Unclassified

Transcription:

ER 8-0735

26 March 1956

MEMORANDUM FOR: Assistant Director / Scientific Intelligence

SUBJECT: Flying Saucers

1. At Arden House my attention was called to the 17 March 1956 issue of the French popular magazine, MATCH, which had an article on a particularly challenging "sighting" of a MOC (Mystérieux Objet Céleste) in the form of a radar photograph confirmed by a visual sighting by the pilot of a scheduled airline.

2. Are we keeping in touch with the Air Force center on these things? Does it concern itself with foreign "sightings" such as the above?

3. I am also informed that in the coming years Mars will reach its closest point to the Earth in a long period. Outstandish as it may seem, I do feel that OSI has the responsibility to keep its finger on this general subject if for no purpose than to arm the front office with the refutation of the more spectacular published reports.

[Signed]

ROBERT AVORY JR.

Deputy Director / Intelligence

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