NASA scientists are investigating UFO sightings ahead of a US intelligence report which will say alien involvement can't be ruled out.

The space organisation's new administrator Bill Nelson revealed he told scientists to investigate the 120 strange and unidentified craft seen by US Navy and Air Force personnel over the past two decades.

The move comes after leaked videos showed strange objects filmed by military personnel and compiled in a report by US intelligence services.

The dossier will reportedly say the Pentagon cannot explain some 120 sightings made by US Navy personnel over the past two decades – and will conclude they are unknown technology, reports The Sun.

Senior officials briefed on the findings said because the report is inconclusive, the government could not definitively rule out alien spacecraft theories.

Mr Nelson told CNN: "I have talked to these navy pilots and they are sure they saw something real, and of course we have seen the videos from their jets.

"What is it? We don't know. Now I am here at NASA I have turned to our scientists and said would you – looking at from a scientific standpoint – see if you can determine so we can have a better idea.

"We don't know if it's extra-terrestrial, we don't if its an enemy, we don't know if its an optical phenomenon – but we don't think so because of the characteristics those navy jet pilots described as they saw it move around. The bottom line is – we want to know, and that's what we are trying to do."

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Numerous leaked videos have emerged showing strange encounters between US warplanes and warships – with the most recent showing USS Omaha being swarmed by up to 14 UFOs.

US officials have started taking the unprecedented step of confirming the authenticity of the footage as calls grow in the US for widespread disclosure to figure out what – if anything – the world's governments are hiding on UFOs.

Competing theories on the strange videos continue to rage – with some grounded on Earth claiming the videos capture never-before-seen military aircraft or drones, while others claim it shows otherworldly craft possibly piloted by aliens.

Others however are more sceptical and even dismissive, claiming the bizarre videos may just be camera tricks, natural phenomena or even outright hoaxes.

Mr Nelson revealed he was briefed on the UFO issue two years ago while serving on the Senate armed services committee.

He added that NASA will be looking at phenomena through the "lens of scientists" and confirmed they are not working with the Pentagon on the upcoming report by the UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena) Task Force.

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