A schoolgirl in Manchester sent this drawing of a friendly "alien spacecraft" to the UK Ministry of Defence.
Why did the British government shut down its official UFO Desk in 2009?
The truth can now be revealed, as the final cache of documents and UFO reports compiled by the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been released to the public.
Apparently, the MoD concluded that operating the UFO Desk was a massive waste of time and money, according to SkyNews. [Ten Alien Encounters Debunked]
An official memo from 2009 to then-MoD Secretary Bob Ainsworth found "no defence benefit" in documenting the alleged UFO sightings: "The level of resources diverted to this task is … diverting staff from more valuable defence-related activities."