While Donald Trump continues to promise a wall between the US and Mexico, Hillary Clinton is thinking about a different kind of alien: if elected she will release classified UFO files, her campaign manager revealed.
As the Clinton campaign passed through Las Vegas last month, campaign manager John Podesta told KLAS-TV Politics NOW that he has persuaded the Democratic candidate to open up the long-closed documents for the US public.
‘I think I’ve convinced her that we need an effort to kind of go look at that and declassify as much as we can, so that people have their legitimate questions answered,’ he said.
Seeking the truth: Hillary Clinton says that humanity ‘may have been visited’ by aliens and that she will ‘get to the bottom’ of the government’s alleged UFO files, which are still classified, if elected
Believer: John Podesta (pictured) is Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, and says that he has convinced her to look into the area if she becomes President. He has demanded declassified UFO documents for decades
Podesta continued: ‘More attention and more discussion about unexplained aerial phenomena can happen without people — who are in public life, who are serious about this — being ridiculed.’
In December of last year, Clinton said much the same at a meeting with The Conway Daily Sun, in which she ‘enthusiastically’ told the editorial board, ‘Yes, I’m going to get to the bottom of [the UFO files].’
She added that Podesta ‘has made me personally pledge we are going to get the information out, one way or another. Maybe we could have, like, a task force to go to Area 51.’
Area 51 is an infamous US military base in Nevada which is ostensibly used to test stealth technology, but has long been linked to UFOs by conspiracy theorists, who say that the base was used to imprison and perform tests on aliens.
She also said, ‘I think we may have been [visited already]. We don’t know for sure.’
Clinton’s remarks emerged in conversation with a Conway Daily Sun reporter who had questioned her on the topic in 2007. She was described as ‘recalling the conversation with a smile’ and ‘having fun with the topic.’
A later CNN report characterised the remarks as ‘tongue-in-cheek,’ a descriptor not used in the Daily Sun’s report.
She has been linked to UFOs since 1995, when a photograph was taken of her and businessman Laurance Rockefeller in which she can be seen holding a copy of the book Are We Alone: Philosophical Implications of the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life by Paul Davies.
Area of concern: The highway near US base Area 51, Nevada, has been renamed ‘Extraterrestrial Highway’ by locals. Many tourists there believe the base harbors secrets about UFOs, and Clinton has vowed to investigate
Voyage into the unknown: Laurance Rockefeller (pictured right, with Clinton in 1995) tried to get Bill Clinton’s administration to declassify UFO-related documents
Two years before, Rockefeller had started up an initiative requesting that then-President Bill Clinton release information about UFOs.
That Podesta would use his position as Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager to press her to look into the files is no surprise – he has been campaigning for declassification of secret documents, especialy UFO-related ones, for decades.
As White House Chief of Staff for Bill Clinton, Podesta declassified hundreds of millions of documents himself, but was never able to get to the UFO documents.
And in 2014, as he left his position of counselor to Barack Obama, he tweeted: ‘Finally, my biggest failure of 2014: Once again not securing the #disclosure of the UFO files.’ He concluded with the hashtag ‘#thetruthisstilloutthere,’ a reference to popular sci-fi conspiracy show The X-Files.
Obama brought on Podesta after the disastrous rollout of his health care law. Several current and former White House officials said Podesta — regarded by many as an elder statesman — quickly injected more depth into strategy discussions and would often play devil’s advocate, pushing the team to consider things not on their radar.
Brought down to Earth: When stepping down as Obama’s advisor in 2014, Podesta remarked in a tweet that his ‘biggest failure’ was ‘not descuring the disclosure of the UFO files’
Space men: Podesta was White House Chief of Staff for Bill Clinton, who also looked into the UFO question, but did not declassify UFO-related documents
No aliens: Bill Clinton told Jimmy Kimmel (pictured) that when he became president he looked at documents related to Area 51 ‘to make sure there was no alien down there’
Bill Clinton has also broached the topic on various occasions, including a conversation on The Jimmy Kimmel show in 2014, when he said that during his time as President he had made enquiries about Area 51 itself.
‘First I had people go looking through the records of Area 51, to make sure there was no alien down there,’ he said, going on to say that stealth technology is developed in the base, ‘but there were no aliens there.’
He added that he also looked at the files related to the Roswell Incident in 1947, when a US Air Force surveillance balloon crashed in Rosewell, New Mexico. Since then rumors have swirled that the balloon was actually an alien spacecraft.
Kimmel asked the former president whether he would tell the audience if he’d found proof of alien life. ‘Yes,’ he replied, without hesitation, to the cheers of audience members.
And speculating on the likeliness of life elsewhere in the universe, he said: ‘If we were visited someday I wouldn’t be surprised. I just hope it’s not like Independence Day.’
4 March 2016 | 6:04 pm
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