Due to the Black Vault database, 713 pdf files surfaced the internet on Monday about secret CIA data on UFO incidents collected in the past decades – including some related to Hungary.
The files contain material collecting words such as “UFO”, “alien”, “extra-terrestrial”. The documents, however, also include cases of someone mentioning these words as a joke.
Telex reported that a search for Hungary-related content within the files brings out
a “video report on ufo world congress in Budapest (30 sec).” Based on newspapers from the past, this was an event organised by a staff member of the Uránia Observatory and a businessman.
The files also include a Hungarian television news report from 19 January 1991. about “Unidentified Flying Object spotted in Kecskemét (1.15 min), with “Unidentified Flying Object” underlined.
There was indeed a bright flying object spotted in the sky above Kecskemét as well as other places of Hungary. The chairman of the Hungarian Defence Forces told the newspaper Kurír that “a UFO was seen in the airspace of Hungary on Friday, 10 minutes before midnight. It was seen from many places over the country. Officers on duty at the air force of Kecskemét have also seen the UFO moving with about 300 kilometres speed above the runway.” A staff member from the Observatory, on the other hand, told the newspaper it was most likely a meteor.
The first time the Hungarian media reported about unidentified flying objects was 1898 when a strange phenomenon was spotted in Pápa.
The files also include Hungarian writer István Nemere. Nemere in his book Gagarin, A Cormic Lie wrote that the Soviet Yuri Gagarin was not the first person who entered space, but they sent someone else, and it was all a hoax. The Soviet newspaper Komszomolszkaja Pravda reacted to the accusation, and that made it to the CIA files. Pravda said Nemere was one of those writers who wanted to earn money and fame on anti-Soviet views that appeared in formerly communist countries.
You may wonder, how did this get into the CIA reports? The reporter of Pravda wrote that disproving Gagarin, similarly to UFO phenomena, is just outdated sensationalism. The case was included in the files because of the word UFO.