When the French statesman Talleyrand (1754–1838), not the most straightforward of men, died, Metternich, the Austrian chancellor, is said to have commented, “What did he mean by that?”

And so we come to the announcement that Sean Kirkpatrick, the head of the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), will be stepping down. AARO is the principal government body responsible for investigating unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP), the fancy name for UFOs. Kirkpatrick, a physicist with long experience in the defense and intelligence fields, has only been in the job for 18 months, but, Politico reports, he deferred his retirement to take on the AARO job, and now feels that it’s time to move on, having “accomplished everything I said I was going to do”.

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