He said the government released the documents because it had been inundated with requests for information about UFOs and "they want to get us off their backs."
But Friedman emphasized that the most revealing information is most likely missing – and will most likely stay missing for quite a while.
He said the people likely monitoring UFO reports of national security significance are most probably not the same ones mentioned in the correspondence released this week. But he said he's convinced someone is indeed paying attention to those kinds of top secret reports.
"Clearly there's got to be somebody, somewhere, unmentioned in this whole thing, who is looking at the best stuff, because there are implications, for the military, for example," Friedman said. "We need to recognize that the discussion is incomplete."
Still, he said he doubts that the missing information is going to be supplied any time soon.
"We need to recognize that we're sitting on a pile of significant information but the world is in a precarious situation right now," he said. "Economies are not doing so great. Do you really want to do something that throws a monkey wrench into everything?" #