At various times, his actions have been likened to a ruse on par with any James Bond villain: should anything happen to Julian Assange or his controversial WikiLeaks operation, another round of clandestine government cables would be released; a proverbial opening of Pandora’s Box unleashed for world leaders and, namely, U.S. officials to have to deal with. Among the contents of the secret cables the organization has been releasing, however, were at least a few surprises, according to Assange. Namely, there were said to be references to UFOs held within.

Though perhaps this remains to be seen, earlier this month in an ongoing process referred to as “You ask, we search,” the British Guardian news source had undertaken extensive searches for key words and subjects ranging from information about 9-11 to aliens and “non-terrestrial officers.” However, according to a post at the site’s blog, no such information, even in passing, has been found.

“Despite what Julian Assange said in an online Q&A, there are no references to aliens in the cables,” the Guardian piece reports. “We searched for aliens and UFOs (“visitors” and “non-terrestrial officers” too, thanks, UFO-minded readers) without finding (any).” The authors of the post note that, “Assange may have been having fun” when he made the allegations.

The same was the case with regard to 9-11 references: no evidence suggesting anything but the terror plot consisting of four hijacked airplanes regarding the September 11, 2001 attacks was found. In their commentary, the authors note that if a conspiracy had been involved, “it would need to be one that around 1% of all US citizens were in on,” due to the multitude of individuals (almost 3 million) that had been allowed “access to the cable pre-leak.”

Granted, Assange made the sensational allegations pertaining directly to the release of a series of cables said to be released only in the event that something should happen to he or his family, or in the event that the WikiLeaks site were taken down. It remains possible, given the circumstances, that what the Guardian had discussed earlier this month pertains only to existing available cables, and not information sources yet to be released. As far as future documents that might still contain such information, Assange seems to have already indicated that references to UFOs and the like would be fleeting, and in all honesty, will likely amount to nothing.

On the other hand, as international pressures have closed in on him, could Assange have merely been playing a careful ruse, aimed at preventing his capture? Or, perhaps, could there be more to all this than we realize… and much more that has yet to surface?

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at