'The FBI's Going To Show Up': Man Behind Area 51 Event Speaks Out
Matty Roberts created a Facebook event calling for Area 51 to be stormed as a joke, now that close to two million people have clicked 'going' he's terrified the FBI will storm his home.
"Let's see them aliens," was the battle cry heard by millions of people around the world.
The Facebook event, “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All Of Us,” called for people to gather at the top-secret Air Force base in Nevada in the early hours of September 20 to storm the facility.
"If we 'naruto' run, we can move faster than their bullets," the post read, referring to a unique running style portrayed in a Japanese anime series of the same name, in which the character sprints with his arms stretched behind.
It looks something like this:
As of Friday, more than 1.7 million people had clicked attending, with many Australians among them.
Another 1.2 million people are apparently 'interested'.
Despite the operation being a joke, it appears some are taking the event extremely seriously.
The hotel nearest to the secret base is about 42 kilometres away and is now booked out.
Connie West the co-owner of Little A'Le'Inn -- yes, that's said 'alien' -- told NPR that her phone has been ringing non-stop with people looking for accommodation.
All ten rooms are now filled for the day of the event.
"Apparently, people are taking it seriously," West said. "I think they're stupid if they think they're going to get to the test site, but I'm gonna capitalise on it."
The mystery man behind the radical plan has until now declined interviews despite the skyrocketing interest because he thought it might result in the FBI knocking on his door.
"I waited for like three days and there were like 40 people and then it just completely took off out of nowhere," Matty Roberts told CNN affiliate KLAS-TV in Las Vegas. "It was pretty wild."
"I was just like, the FBI's going to show up at my house and it got a little spooky from there," he continued.
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He explained that the idea of storming area 51 came after podcaster Joe Rogan interviewed whistleblower Bob Lazar who claimed he worked with an alien spacecraft while he was employed at one of Area 51's underground facilities.
Little is known about what happens within the boundaries of Area 51 but for decades there has been a theory that it holds all of the U.S. government's secrets about aliens -- hence the battle cry: "Let's see them aliens".
It has been the subject of science fiction films, TV shows and literature, despite it not officially acknowledged until 2013, when the CIA declassified documents that, for the first time, recognised that Area 51 was used as a test base.
The U.S.Air Force has done little to quell the alien speculation in the midst of this Facebook drama, explaining only that people need to stay away.
"[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces," a spokeswoman told The Washington Post. "The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets."