KEY POINTS

  • Pentagon will release more information on UFO sightings soon, former National Intelligence director John Ratcliffe says
  • He said the upcoming report will include sightings that cannot be easily explained
  • The report is expected to be released on June 1

The Pentagon is set to release a report that details “difficult to explain” UFO sightings, according to a former top national intelligence official.

John Ratcliffe, the former director of the National Intelligence, said in an interview with Fox News Friday that though some UFO sightings have already been declassified, the upcoming report from the Pentagon and other federal agencies will reveal “a lot more sightings than have been made public.”

"There are instances where we don’t have good explanations for some of the things that we’ve seen, and when that information becomes declassified, I’ll be able to talk a little bit more about that," Ratcliffe said.

He also explained what the Pentagon considers to be “unidentified aerial phenomena.”

“When we’re talking about sightings, we’re talking about objects that have been seen by Navy or Air Force pilots that have been picked up by satellite imagery that frankly engage in actions that are difficult to explain,” Ratcliffe said. “Movements that are hard to replicate, that we don’t have the technology for, or traveling at speeds that, you know, that exceed the sound barrier without a sonic boom.”

According to the former top Pentagon official, the UFO sightings that will be outlined in the report came from "all over the world." He added that these were picked up by "multiple sensors" rather than just "a pilot or just a satellite or some intelligence collection."

Ratcliffe said that they always try to find explanations for these sightings, but some cannot easily be explained.

“We always look for an explanation,” he continued. “Weather can cause disturbances, visual disturbances. Sometimes we wonder whether or not our adversaries have technologies that are a little bit further down the road than we thought or that we realized. But there are instances where we don’t have good explanations for some of the things that we’ve seen.”

The report is expected to be released on June 1, Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo later said.

This comes after the Pentagon released three declassified videos of unexplained aerial phenomena last year. The clips had previously been leaked, but the Pentagon said it wanted to "clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real."

One video captured by two Navy fighter pilots in 2004 showed a round object hovering above the water, about 100 miles out into the Pacific Ocean, the New York Times reported. Two other clips from 2015 showed objects moving through the air, one of which is spinning.

A pilot can be heard saying in one of the videos, "Look at that thing, dude! It's rotating!"

The Pentagon in April officially released three videos taken by US Navy pilots showing mid-air encounters with what appear to be UFOs The Pentagon in April officially released three videos taken by US Navy pilots showing mid-air encounters with what appear to be UFOs Photo: DoD / Handout