Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has admitted that she may be unable to fulfill her promise to release classified files containing information about UFOs and extraterrestrial life if doing so would compromise national security.
The latest statement from Mrs. Clinton comes after the former secretary of state and her presidential campaign manager, John Podesta, had worked over several months to woo UFO enthusiasts with the promise that if elected as president Clinton would "get to the bottom" of longstanding questions about aliens, UFOs, and Area 51, the top-secret remote detachment of the Edwards Air Force Base in Nevada where alien and UFO hunters claim that government is keeping alien technology recovered from UFO crash sites for reverse engineering studies.Clinton first promised that she would "get to the bottom" of the UFO controversy during an interview with Conway Daily Sun reporter Daymond Steer while campaigning in New Hampshire in January. She promised at the time that she would consider setting up a task force to investigate Area 51.
John Podesta, Clinton's presidential campaigner, known as a UFO disclosure advocate, also said earlier in March in an interview with KLAS 8 News during a campaign stop in Las Vegas that he had talked with Clinton about the issue of UFO disclosure and secured her agreement to work to resolve questions and controversy about UFOs and aliens if she becomes president.
Similarly, during an appearance earlier in April on CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper, Podesta said he was convinced that the "American people can handle the truth about aliens." He said it was time for the government to end the secrecy over UFOs that creates the atmosphere in which UFO and alien conspiracy theories flourish.
He went to say that if Clinton is elected as president she would push for the release of all classified UFO and Area 51 files.
But on Monday, April 18, 2016, while participating in a radio talk show, Power 105.1 Breakfast Club, as part of her campaign in East Harlem, Clinton admitted for the first time that the issue of national security could prevent her from fulfilling her campaign promise.
When talk show host Lenard McKelvey, alias "Charlemagne Tha God," who claims to have been abducted multiple times by aliens, asked the Democratic presidential front-runner whether she was really serious about her promise to release classified documents about aliens, UFOs and Area 51, Clinton confirmed that she would fulfill the promise.
But for the first time since she began making promises to "get to the bottom" of questions about aliens and UFOs, she admitted that she may be unable to fulfill the promise if releasing the files would compromise national security.
"I mean, if there's some huge national security thing and I can't get agreement to open them, I won't, but I do want to open them because I'm interested," she said.
When asked about her views on the existence of extraterrestrial life, she said, "I don't know. I want to see what the information shows. But there are enough stories out there that I don't think everybody is just sitting in their kitchen, making them up."
"I mean, if there's some huge national security thing and I can't get agreement to open them, I won't..."She added, "I think that people see things. What they see, I don't know. But we have got to try to give people information. I believe in that."
The UFO disclosure movement has lobbied over the years for release of all classified files on UFOs and extraterrestrial life. Reacting to Clinton's campaign promises, some members of the UFO community allege that she has been making disclosure promises only as part of a campaign strategy to win the "UFO vote," which some analysts say could number in millions judging from the evidence of recent upsurge in interest in UFO phenomenon.
Express, for instance, cites a 2012 National Geographic survey that found that about 36 percent of Americans believe aliens and UFOs have visited Earth, while about 80 percent think that government may be covering up vital information about UFOs and ETs for various reasons, including fear of the social and political impact of disclosure.
Those members of the UFO community who are skeptical about Clinton's promises and believe she would neglect to fulfill the promises once she makes it to the White House are likely to use her latest comments against her by suggesting that the caveat is meant to provide her with an excuse once she is elected as president.
Commenting on the skeptical view among members of the UFO community, OpenMinds.TV's Alejandro Rojas, wrote, "There has been a lot of debate as to why Clinton keeps discussing UFOs when asked... she has repeatedly answered confidently that she intends to look into the matter."
He added, "The cynical view would be that Clinton has no interest in the topic, she is just pandering for the 'UFO vote.'"
However, there are members of the UFO community, including UFO Sightings Daily's Scott Waring, who believe that Clinton could be sincere but doubt that she would be able to overcome opposition and resistance from the intelligence community.
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