It's no secret that Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, is a staunch supporter of full transparency when it comes to UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) – or UAPs (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena), as some refer to the unexplained objects. He recently sat down at Code Con and again reaffirmed his position on opening up the classified UFO files he believes are still being withheld from public scrutiny.
TechCrunch reported late last week that John Podesta, who also worked as the Deputy Chief of Staff in Bill Clinton's White House, briefly touched on having aided Hillary Clinton file a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request with regard to federal documents concerning a suspected UFO incident in Pennsylvania. The Washington Post noted in an April article that Podesta had lent his support for the request beginning in 2002, even speaking at the National Press Club for federal disclosure, a request that would ultimately be granted. However, while Podesta and his co-inquirers received documents, none had information regarding what has become known as the Kecksburg UFO Incident.
"I worked with her and filed an FOIA case on it," Podesta told Recode's Kara Swisher and Vox's Ezra Klein at Code Conference. "The files had disappeared but it was clear there'd been some investigation by the Air Force."
According to Recode, John Podesta said there were theories that the mysterious UFO incident that occurred in Kecksburg, Pennsylvania, in 1969 may have been a crashed Soviet aircraft.
"There are a lot of unexplained series of events around the world, and politicians in governments tend to think that it's not a career-enhancer to talk about them," Podesta said at Code Con. "Rather than being embarrassed and ashamed about it... I say let's open it up to the public. I meet a lot of politicians in Washington who say to me that 'we're with you but we can't say it in public.'"
For those uncertain of Podesta's veracity, his words at Code Conference weren't the first time he's talked about opening up UFO files to the public should Hillary Clinton win the presidency in November. In fact, in an April appearance on Jake Tapper's "The Lead" on CNN, he admitted, "The U.S. government could do a much better job in answering the quite legitimate questions that people have about what's going on with unidentified aerial phenomena."
When asked about the possibility of alien life, Podesta was vague. "That's for the public to judge once they've seen all the evidence that the U.S. government has," he said.
Pressed for his personal beliefs on the topic, Podesta said, "There are a lot of planets out there."
He added, circling back to the idea of opening up the UFO files to the public, "The American people can handle the truth."
For a while, the United States government thought otherwise. Looking into the possibility that UFOs might be or potentially become a national security threat, the U. S. Air Force set up Project Blue Book in 1952 to investigate UFOs and alien contact stories to ascertain their credibility. Although the Project officially ended in January 1970, it recorded 12,618 sightings – going back to 1947 and ending in late 1969 – of strange phenomena. Of those cases, only 701 were eventually classed as "unidentified."
Hillary Clinton herself, in an appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! in March, said that she would strive to obtain the public release of UFO files once she became president.
The subject comes up on occasion during the campaign. While in New Hampshire in December, Clinton to a reporter in Conway that she would "get to the bottom" of the UFO issue. According to Bloomberg's Jennifer Epstein, she said she had "personally pledged" to John Podesta to open up the UFO files.