Nick Pope reacted to the statement that UFOs have no defence significance. He said that the statement is designed to deflect the public and media interest on UFOs. Pope stated that information on defence, security and intelligence are exempted in the UK’s Freedom of Information Act and the newly-available files had already been decided to be made public before their scheduled release.
Referring to the statement issued by Clarke about “no defence significance,” Pope said that some people would use the term “useful idiot” to describe his action.
Meanwhile, Ufologists and believers prefer confirmation from government officials about these UFO sightings to the public rather than disclosure.