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FBI 'Vault' Stirs Alien Debate

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The FBI's new Web-based document stash is generating quite a bit of buzz.

This morning, the digital collection of roughly 2,000 FBI files known as the "Vault" refocused public attention on the infamous "Hottel Memo," a March 22, 1950 note sent by bureau special agent Guy Hottel to J. Edgar Hoover concerning flying saucers in Roswell, New Mexico.

The memo states that "three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico" and alien life forms were found inside the UFOs.

News organizations across the Internet have jumped at the spacey story but, according to the International Business Times, the questionable tale "has been making the rounds for several years," and the vault has simply made accessing it easier.

According to the International Business Times:

Several news outlets have reported the memo as "proof" that the government knew about crashes of alien spacecraft in Roswell. But not only does the memo say no such thing, it isn't even connected to the town of Roswell.

The Vault also recently broke new details regarding the murder of Notorious B.I.G.

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