ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - UFO and alien believers across the globe have once again turned their eyes on the New Mexico skies and history after an official memo that recently popped up on the FBI's website set the Internet ablaze.
The interoffice memo entitled "Flying Saucers" was written in 1950 by Guy Hottel, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Washington field office, and is addressed to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.
Recently several articles across the Internet and world have popped up saying this document is "proof aliens landed in Roswell." But some people aren't as ready to jump to that conclusion.
"If this really is a smoking gun, then there are a couple of real problems with this story," said Managing Editor Benjamin Radford of Skeptical Inquirer magazine.
The letter states a special agent had a conversation with an Air Force investigator, who said, three large saucers were found with three bodies inside of human shape, but they were only three feet tall.
Radford says that differs from stories people have told about the Roswell crash from 1947. Radford contends the letter is third-hand information talking about a hoax that two con men made up in 1948 about a fake crash in Aztec, N.M.
Two years after the FBI memo was written, Silas Newton and Leo Gebauer were convicted of fraud for making up the Aztec crash.
But still, many around the world believe the memo proves aliens exist. Radford says he has some other issues with the memo.
"If this really is the hard evidence of alien bodies, and all that, why is it being treated in the same manner that you'd request more staplers? I don't get it," he said. "People are going to believe what they want to believe.
"To the believers the memo is hard evidence for what they already believe. To the skeptics this doesn't say anything new or interesting."
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