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‘Aliens abduct me in my sleep. I wake up in weird places covered in bruises’

A woman who believes aliens have repeatedly abducted her in her sleep for years says they’ve left her with “weird bruises and punctures” on her skin. Maria Leiva, 51, claims the abductions have been going on for as long as she can remember and that she’s come into contact with extraterrestrial life numerous times.

As initially reported by The Mirror, the mother from Ramsgate, Kent, explained she often wakes up to find bruises or finger marks on her body which she’s absolutely certain are evidence of an extraterrestrial visit.

Leiva also added that she sometimes wakes up in locations far away from her house with no idea of how she got there in the first place. The woman even shared that she once had to get a taxi back home in the morning due to how far away she’d gotten during her nighttime adventures.

“For as long as I can remember I have had these encounters,” Leiva told the publication. “The earliest memories were from when I was around four years old and I knew it was happening. I remember being sad at night and going out onto the terrace at my family home in Columbia and crying out to the stars. I would ask them why they left me here and I would tell them I wanted to go back home,” she continued.

But the woman’s claims aren’t solely based on what some might simply call sleepwalking—Leiva also believes she’s capable of seeing aliens in the sky at night. “I have always been able to see things in the sky, as well as actually seeing beings as well,” she explained to The Mirror. “I am sometimes awakened by telepathic communications between the hours of two and four in the morning, being told to wake up and go to the window as something is out there. Sometimes I can record videos of what is out there, but sometimes I can only take photos.”

‘Aliens abduct me in my sleep. I wake up in weird places covered in bruises’
‘Aliens abduct me in my sleep. I wake up in weird places covered in bruises’

As interesting as Leiva’s alleged gift sounds, the mother also shared that it is an unpredictable one. “I don’t have any control over when it happens, but in the past two weeks I have seen two flying objects in the sky, up to three times in one night.”

“There can also be quiet patches where there isn’t much happening,” she added, “but they communicate with me through my dreams and I will then know when they are visiting. When they visit, they will leave me with weird bruises on my body. I would wake up with marks on my body, bruises, finger marks, punctures in my skin and cuts as well, and this is how I’d know something had happened in the night.”

‘Aliens abduct me in my sleep. I wake up in weird places covered in bruises’

And it seems, Leiva’s not the only one in her family to be blessed (or cursed, it’s all a matter of perspective) with such a gift. She claims her own daughter has had extraterrestrial experiences too, “My daughter also has these experiences and she has for her whole life, but we never really speak about it with people. She believes she can see them too, seeing her first UFO when she was ten. We were living in Hackney [London] and it was one morning when I was taking her to school she looked into the sky and could see the shape of a UFO in the sky, she has now seen several since,” Leiva explained.

“At the beginning, when I was younger, I wasn’t sharing much of what I was experiencing as these aren’t things you’d talk about much and if I shared it people would think I was crazy. As I got older I started to share little parts of what was happening with friends but I didn’t want to scare people.”

Leiva further told the publication that although her parents knew of her extraterrestrial visits, they never spoke about it. “There was one particular time in Columbia at my parents’ house where one night I was taken in my sleep and I woke up in a completely different place and I was left quite far away. I had to get a taxi home, and I didn’t even have my house keys so I had to knock on the door. My dad answered and he was so puzzled as to what had happened and why I had left and was only just coming home,” Leiva recounted.

US government confirms some UFO sightings were real. Why is no one freaking out?

At the beginning of May 2021, the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General announced the launch of a formal evaluation into the Pentagon’s actions regarding ‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena’ (UAP). To put it more simply, the Pentagon’s Inspector General is currently investigating the ongoing Navy-led investigation into UFOs. Why? In order to ensure that all that can be done to gather more information is actually being done.

And if you think this news is just another conspiracy theorist’s wet dream and nothing more, why don’t you wait until this year’s summer, when the US intelligence community will deliver a public assessment report on UFOs following an explicit request from the Senate Intelligence Committee. So, what do we know so far?

For years, the US government largely ignored reports of mysterious flying objects seen moving through restricted military airspace—and for good reasons most of the time. From misidentified weather phenomena to aircraft and balloons, many of the UFOs that were spotted were in fact very much part of our world. However, the US government is now slowly beginning to acknowledge that some of the footage of UFOs previously made public—though only a handful of them—is real.


As The Independent mentioned when reporting on the news, a lot has changed since US Air Force general Major General John Samford addressed the issue of UFOs following a sighting back in 1952 in Washington, DC. 69 years later, we now have highly reliable data and witness recordings of the escalated frequency of UFO sightings in proximity to sensitive US military sites, or nuclear facilities in general. Why military sites, and what do we mean by ‘highly reliable data’?

Let me answer the second part of this question before I take you down the rabbit hole of why little green men keep on appearing near Area 51. When the world—mostly the US—started worrying about UFO sightings and alien abductions, unfortunately, it was hard for anyone to look into what they truly were when the technologies needed to do so didn’t exist or simply weren’t developed enough yet. “Modern military radar, satellite, sonar, video, and other sensor capabilities mean that this is no longer a problem,” explains The Independent.

But now that we’ve finally got the right tools to confirm that some UFOs are truly unlike any aircraft used by the US or any foreign country, there’s another element in UFO sighting patterns that just feel too Hollywood-esque for me: why do they tend to happen near US military sites? Well, first of all, most of the high tech equipment I’ve just listed above is used by those same military sites.

Secondly, in June 2019, a team of high-ranking former US defence and intelligence officials, aerospace-industry veterans, academics and others associated with To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science revealed they had been investigating a wide range of these sightings—and advocating more serious government attention.

“All of the nuclear facilities—Los Alamos, Livermore, Sandia, Savannah River—all had dramatic incidents where these unknown craft appeared over the facilities and nobody knew where they were from or what they were doing there,” said investigative journalist George Knapp, who has studied the UAP-nuclear connection for more than 30 years, in an interview with History.


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In fact, nuclear-adjacent sightings go back decades, explained Robert Hastings, a UFO researcher and author of the book UFOs and Nukes: Extraordinary Encounters at Nuclear Weapons Sites. Hastings said he’s interviewed more than 160 veterans who have witnessed strange things in the skies around nuclear sites.

Classified Navy assessments suggest that one of the reasons why its aircraft carriers and submarines (nuclear-powered and in some cases, nuclear-armed) keep coming across UFOs is an “established synergy.” In other words, UFOs might be seen hanging about those facilities more often than anywhere else for the simple reason that they may show an interest in them in the first place. Who knows, maybe in a couple of years they’ll turn to renewable energy facilities?

Last year, The Debrief confirmed that Navy aviators flying an F-18 fighter jet photographed a triangle-shaped UFO rising out of the ocean and accelerating at high speed to altitude. No nation is known to have aerial platforms anything similar to these as of yet.

As The Independent nicely put it, either “countries or individuals who live on our planet have achieved technological feats that we previously couldn’t have even imagined” or it’s time for us to accept the fact that those phenomena may be coming from elsewhere. So, are you freaked out now? Because I am.