On Wednesday the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) made roughly 13 million formerly classified documents available via its website. The secretive spy agency has long been the focus of innumerable fringe theories, so you can bet researchers focused on finding the truth about unusual phenomena were all over the data dump. It turns out they found some pretty good stuff to chew on.
As the BBC noted there were the usual papers of statesmen like Nixon's Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger. But there were also reports on unusual experiments, such as the time the Agency studied 70s-era celebrity psychic Uri Geller:
Memos detail how Mr Geller was able to partly replicate pictures drawn in another room with varying - but sometimes precise - accuracy, leading the researchers to write that he "demonstrated his paranormal perceptual ability in a convincing and unambiguous manner".
One such report documents a UFO spotted by two police officers patrolling the Lithuanian border on June 26, 1996.
“Vehicle loads of soldiers from the ARAS rapid reaction force, sniffer dogs and police reinforcements immediately arrived on the scene of the emergency,” a report read.
“[According to eye witness accounts] they noticed a spherical objecting hanging and “pulsing”.
“At the same time, they heard what they described as “a strange sound like an electric or electronic crackle.
“When they moved about 50 metres through the long grass, the police said the sphere moved away, rose higher and rapidly departed.”
The report said those who attended the scene studied the area carefully and recorded the strange sound, which could still be heard even though the UFO had left the area.
The best way to dig through the CIA's newly-released treasure trove is to just start plugging in search terms and seeing what pops up.
We already tried "Jason Bourne" so no luck there, but we're sure the curious and conspiracy-minded will have fun seeing what there is to see.