Man who created the 'Storm Area 51' page reveals he's 'terrified of what he's created'
In the last week or so, you may have seen that people have finally had enough of the secrets and conspiracy theories, and have decided that it is time for us all to see what lies behind the gates of the United States' infamous Area 51.
Located in Nevada desert, the CIA only publicly acknowledged the existence of the base for the first time in June 2013, but the government say it is nothing more than a highly classified United States Air Force training facility. However, following years of UFO and extraterrestrial intrigue, people want the "truth".
As of this writing, more than 1.7 million people (and apparently three of my friends) have confirmed their place in what could turn out to be one of the most hectic gatherings that has ever been started through a Facebook event.
The event is scheduled to take place on Friday, September 20, 2019, and the description simply reads:
"We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry. If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. [Let's] see them aliens.
"Official "Storm Area 51" Website: https://www.stormarea51.us/"
But now, the man behind the event has spoken out, saying he kept his identity a secret for so long because he's "terrified of what he's created".
Matty Roberts, who lives in California, created the event on June 27 this year, simply as a joke for a meme page. This is reflected in his suggestion, "if we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets" - a "naruto run" is a reference to the style of running featured in the anime show, Naruto.
Now, Roberts has spoken out on his decision to set up the page, and the fact he's now 'terrified':
Speaking to CNN affiliate KLAS-TV in Las Vegas, Roberts revealed how the group started, and his subsequent concerns about the FBI turning up at his front door:
"I waited for like three days and there were like 40 people and then it just completely took off out of nowhere.
"I was just like, the FBI's going to show up at my house and it got a little spooky from there."
Roberts went on to say that he came up with the idea for the event after podcaster Joe Rogan interviewed Area 51 whistleblower Bob Lazar, who claims that he worked with an alien spacecraft while he was employed in one of Area 51's underground facilities.
Prior to coming out with his true identity, Roberts communicated with NPR via Facebook messenger under the alias Val. He said: "I just thought it would be a funny idea for the meme page."
In response to the event, the US Air Force has informed the Washington Post that Area 51 is an "open training range" and that they "would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces."
It may sound like a joke, but there are enough enthusiasts out there who will probably be determined to make this event happen. Let's just hope everybody remains safe.