The Clinton campaign has indicated once again that if Hillary Clinton is voted into office as president, she will make sincere efforts to bring about full UFO disclosure.
Clinton's presidential campaign manager, John Podesta, known since he served as Chief of Staff to former President Bill Clinton as an advocate for UFO disclosure, recently reaffirmed his interest in the subject and support for efforts by the UFO disclosure community to force the government to release all classified UFO files.
During a recent campaign stop in Las Vegas, Podesta confirmed in an interview with KLAS 8 News Now that he has had discussions with Clinton and secured her commitment to make efforts to get to the bottom of the UFO question if she becomes the U.S. president.In the interview with KLAS reporter Steve Sebelius, published on the station's website Las Vegas Now on Tuesday, Podesta said he has broached the subject of UFOs or "unexplained aerial phenomena" with Clinton and that she has agreed to work to "get to the bottom" of questions about information that the government may be concealing in classified documents.
"I've talked to Hillary about that," he said. "It's a little bit of a cause of mine, which is, people really want to know what the government knows, and there are still classified files that could be declassified."
"I think the American people can handle the truth about this," he added.
Podesta, an X-Files fan, has become known over the years for his willingness to talk about UFOs, a matter that many in the mainstream shy away from.
Responding to questions about his willingness to talk about UFOs, Podesta admitted that "I come in for my fair share of people asking questions about whether I am off my rocker, but I've been a long-time advocate of declassification of records."
According to Open Minds, Podesta once described himself in relation to the matter of UFOs and aliens as a "curios skeptic" and wrote in a forward to the book by Leslie Kean, titled UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record, that "[i]t's time to find out what the truth really is that's out there."
He made headlines in 2002 after he called for the release of all classified UFO documents during a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. (see video below)."It is time for the government to declassify records that are more than 25 years old," he said at the time, "and to provide scientists with data that will assist in determining the real nature of this phenomenon."
Soon after he left his position in 2014 as a special adviser to President Barack Obama, he tweeted that his biggest regret after serving in the Obama administration was failing to secure "the #disclosure of the UFO files."
"Finally, my biggest failure of 2014: Once again not securing the #disclosure of the UFO files. #thetruthisstilloutthere cc: @NYTimesDowd."In some of his recent tweets and remarks, he appeared to encourage reporters to ask Clinton about the issue of aliens, UFOs, and classified UFO files, a challenge that a New Hampshire newspaper, the Conway Daily Sun, took up last December, which prompted the Democratic presidential candidate to state that as president, she would try to "get to the bottom" of the UFO mystery.
Mrs. Clinton told Conway Daily Sun reporter Daymond Steer that she believes aliens may have visited our planet and that as president, she would consider setting up a task force to visit the top-secret Area 51 military base in Nevada, where many members of the UFO community believe extraterrestrials and UFOs from the alleged 1947 Roswell crash are being kept secretly.
"[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," Clinton said.KLAS notes that although several previous U.S. presidents, including Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, have talked about UFOs and claimed sightings of their own, Clinton's presidential campaign is the first to make UFOs a campaign issue.
But the tone of reports in the mainstream media suggested that Clinton's remarks in the interview with the Conway Daily Sun were taken as tongue-in-cheek. But Podesta stated during the interview with KLAS that Clinton takes the matter seriously.
"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. "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."
But some in the UFO community took Clinton's words seriously. Notorious UFO blogger Scott Waring wrote in his blog that he believes Clinton was serious.
"A lot of people are saying Hillary was making a joke when she said it, but I believe she was 100% serious," he wrote. "She not a comedian, she is careful about her words overtime she speaks. If she says it, then she will try. That's all we can ask right?"
Members of the UFO community remain firmly convinced that the government is still keeping classified files that contain bombshell information about UFOs and aliens. And the conviction is bolstered by statements from well-positioned people as Podesta. The late Dr. Edgar Mitchell, sixth man on the Moon, and several former government, military, intelligence officials, and employees have also said they believe that the government is keeping secret UFO files, with some volunteering disclosures of their own.
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