Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton allegedly tried to solve the decades-old mystery surrounding an alleged UFO crash incident by filing a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request for the relevant UFO files, but government officials refused to release the files, saying they were missing.
Techcrunch reports that during a talk at the Code Conference on Thursday, Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta, claimed that he helped Clinton file a FOIA request for documents related to a UFO crash incident. He said his attempt on behalf of Hillary Clinton to obtain the UFO files through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request was blocked by officials who claimed they could not release the UFO crash files because they were missing.
"I worked with her and filed an FOIA case on it. The files had disappeared but it was clear there'd been some investigation by the Air Force," Podesta said.Podesta is well-known as a UFO disclosure enthusiast. After he left his position as special adviser to President Barack Obama in 2014, he made headlines with a tweet that he regretted having failed to use his position as special adviser to the President to secure disclosure of UFO files.
"My biggest failure of 2014: Once again not securing the #disclosure of the UFO files. #thetruthisstilloutthere cc: @NYTimesDowd," he tweeted at the time."Although Podesta gave very few details about what led to the decision to file a FOIA request for alleged UFO crash files, he gave a hint about the UFO crash incident of interest when he said it was a famous UFO crash case rumored to have involved an alien craft, but which some sources claimed was in fact a Soviet spacecraft. UFO enthusiasts identified the case as the famous 1965 Kecksburg UFO incident, known popularly as the Pennsylvania Roswell.
On December 9, 1965, a brilliant fireball was seen by thousands of people in several states, including Detroit, Michigan, Ohio and Ontario in Canada.
Although media reports claimed it was a meteor, rumors soon emerged that two boys and their mother reported seeing a crashed UFO in a wooded area near a village called Kecksburg, some miles from Pittsburgh.
Several locals also allegedly corroborated the report, saying that they saw smoke rising from the woods after hearing loud noise and feeling vibration that suggested something crashed to the ground nearby.
Local fire department officers also allegedly confirmed that they saw a strange cone-shaped object in the woods. The object was inscribed with a script similar to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, the witnesses said.
Rumors that the government was trying to cover-up an alien UFO crash near Kecksburg spread after locals reported that military personnel cordoned off the area and later removed a mysterious object on a flatbed truck.
The Tribune-Review, which sent a reporter to the scene of the alleged UFO crash, appeared to corroborate the rumors when it published a report that a UFO had crashed near Kecksburg and that U.S. military officials had cordoned off an area of the woods near the village.
But in a manner suspiciously reminiscent of the 1947 Roswell incident, the paper later retracted the report, saying that nothing was found in the woods. The U.S. military authorities also denied initial reports that a UFO was found in the woods.
Despite the retraction by the paper and denial by the military authorities, rumors persisted that an alien craft had crashed in the woods near Kecksburg. But some sources claimed the object was debris from the Soviet spacecraft Kosmos 96, that crashed back to Earth after it was launched to Venus.
Some analysts argue that the new disclosure by the Clinton campaign was designed to counter efforts by the political opponents of the Democratic presidential front-runner to portray her as a politician opposed to transparency. Clinton's political adversaries have campaigned against her by pointing to alleged lack of transparency in ongoing official investigations into her use of an unsecured private email server to run government affairs when she served in the Obama administration as the U.S. secretary of state.
Efforts by investigators to obtain Clinton's emails through FOIA requests have been blocked in the past.
Commenting on the Clinton email scandal, Podesta said, "I think it's definitely hurt her. The decision at the outset to use a private email system was, in retrospect, the wrong one. She did it out of convenience but it's been anything but."
"What you see is someone working hard, doing the job that the President entrusted to her," the senior Clinton aide added.
Podesta's comments at the Code Conference come after Hillary Clinton promised in an interview with The Conway Daily Sun, while campaigning in New Hampshire in December 2015, that she would "get to the bottom" of questions about what government knows about UFOs and aliens.
She told The Conway Daily Sun reporter, Daymond Steer, that she believes Earth may have been visited by extraterrestrial beings and that if elected as president she would set up a task force to investigate persistent rumors that alien UFOs are being stored at Area 51, a top-secret remote Air Force base in Nevada.
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