John Podesta has long supported the release of the classified UFO files. That support goes back to the Bill Clinton Administration. His comments and video after the jump.
Podesta started as deputy chief of staff for Clinton in 1997 and stayed with the president until the inauguration of George W. Bush. He himself was apparently somewhat obsessed with aliens. In 1998, The Post quoted Press Secretary Mike McCurry. "John can get totally maniacal and phobic on certain subjects," McCurry said. "He's been known to pick up the phone to call the Air Force and ask them what's going on in Area 51." (Source, The Washington Post) UFOs have been hovering around Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, for decades.At a 2005 speech in Hong Kong, Bill Clinton told about his efforts to look into the phenomenon:
“I did attempt to find out if there were any secret government documents that reveal things, and if there were, they were concealed from me, too. I wouldn’t be the first president that underlings have lied to or that career bureaucrats have waited out. But there may be some career person sitting around somewhere hiding these dark secrets, even from elected presidents. But, if so, they successfully eluded me, and I’m almost embarrassed to tell you I did try to find out.”Podesta, who was Bill Clinton’s White House chief of staff, for years has called on the U.S. government to declassify UFO files. In a 2002 speech at the National Press Club in Washington, he said, “I think it’s time to open the books on questions that have remained in the dark on the question of government investigations of UFOs.
“It’s time to find out what the truth really is that’s out there,” Podesta said. “We ought to do it because it’s right. We ought to do it because the American people, quite frankly, can handle the truth. And we ought to do it because it’s the law.”
After spending a year as President Barack Obama’s senior adviser, Podesta tweeted on Feb. 13, 2015, that his biggest regret was “not securing the disclosure of the UFO files.”