Clinton campaign manager: 'The American people can handle the truth' about UFOs

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Among the issues at the forefront of Hillary Clinton's campaign are things like health care, those damn emails, and, evidently, extraterrestrials. According to John Podesta, Clinton's campaign manager, if Clinton takes office she'll make it a priority to declassify government files on UFOs. Speaking to KLAS-TV in Las Vegas, Podesta -- who's long advocated for releasing government files to the public -- said he's "talked to Hillary about that," and he thinks she'll see the expedience in telling the American public what the government knows. "I think I've convinced her that we need an effort to declassify as much as we can so people have their legitimate questions answered," he said. "More attention and more discussion about unexplained aerial phenomena can happen without people who are serious about this being ridiculed."

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Unidentified Flying Object sighted over New Zealand's South Island on Jan. 3, 1979. New Zealand television crew cameraman Frank Kazukaitis said of the sighting, âIt looked like an illuminated ping pong ball with a tinge of red in the middle. (AP Photo/Dominion)
Picture taken by amateur astronomer Walter Schwarz on April 28, 1983 in Nuremberg, Germany shows a first unidentified flying object that hovered above the city for a few days and was later identified as a helium filled stratosphere balloon "Moby Dick" launched by the French space agency CNES. (AP Photo/Walter Schwarz)
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A sign directs travelers to the start of the "1947 UFO Crash Site Tours" in Roswell, N.M., Tuesday, June 10, 1997. In Roswell, locals don't argue anymore about whether a space ship crashed nearby. They argue about whose ranch it landed on. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)
Children eye a model of an alien on display inside the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell, N.M., Monday, June 9, 1997. The museum, which is free to the public, receives visitors from all over the world. (AP Photo Eric Draper)
A bicycle-powered flying saucer sputters by the crowd gathered on Main Street Saturday, July 5, 1997, in Roswell, N.M. About two dozen crafts moved down the street in the Crash and Burn Extravaganza as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of an alleged UFO crash near Roswell. (AP Photo/Susan Sterner)
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Police Officer Jeff Greenhaw took these pictures of a strange looking creature he said he found standing in the middle of a major highway which runs thru his town, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 1973, Huntsville, Al. (AP Photo/Jeff Greenhaw)
UFO sighted by a New Mexico State University student, West of Picacho Peak, Las Cruces, New Mexico, March 12, 1967. About 2:00pm the student was hiking in a desert area near Picacho Peak, New Mexico, when he spotted a big round silvery object hovering in the air just above a rocky hill about 500 yards away. He prepared his 4" X 5" Press Camera, set it at F8 and 1/100 shutter speed, and snapped one good black and white picture of the object. (AP Photo)
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Mary Burden and Sue Williams, right, slip into their alien outfits Wednesday, July 2, 1997, in Roswell, N.M. Burden and Williams plan to join other Roswell residents and tourists Thursday evening in an alien costume contest as part of the 50th anniversary of the Roswell incident. (AP Photo/Susan Sterner)
UFO-like model is carried by people as an eye-catcher reflecting a science fiction boom during mass rally celebrating Japan's May Day in rainy in Tokyo on Monday, May 1, 1978. About 4.5 million people rallied to celebrate May Day in Japan, many calling on the government to give more relief for the jobless and more employment security. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
World reception center for official visitors from outer space was proposed by an American specialist on unidentified flying objects (UFOs). Hungarian-born Colman von Keviczky, a former United Nations official, right, and Karl L. Viet, the president of the German branch of the UFO study society, are at a news conference on the international conference of UFO-students, Oct. 31, 1967 in Mainz, Germany. At foreground is a model of a UFO which doubles as bedside lamp. (AP Photo/Kurt Strumpf)

This isn't the first time the UFO question has come up in Clinton's campaign. At a campaign stop in New Hampshire, Clinton said she would "get to the bottom" of the UFO mystery, and back in 2007 she said that of all the Freedom of Information Act requests her husband received during his presidency, the vast majority had to do with UFOs. She also said she "thinks we may have been visited already," but neither she nor the shadowy government officials with whom she works is quite sure about that. And Bill Clinton, during his presidency, asked aides to find out whether there had ever been a government cover-up of alien contact.

But for Podesta, the issue is less about alien discovery and more about principle. "We ought to do it because it's right," he said. "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." He went on, "I come in for my fair share of people raising questions about whether I'm off my rocker, but I've been a longtime advocate of declassification of records. People really want to know what the government knows."

When Podesta stepped down as an Obama adviser this time last year, he said his biggest regret was keeping the American people in the dark about UFOs. It seems he's determined not to make the same mistake under a hypothetical President Hillary Clinton.

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