WASHINGTON: Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has promised to release
information about Area 51 - a Nevada Air Force base where many believe
the US keeps top secret information about extraterrestrial (ET) beings -
if she is elected president.
However, President Barack Obama has
no plans to open up government files on the matter, Politico quoted
White House press secretary Josh Earnest as saying on Wednesday.
have to admit that I don’t have a tab in my briefing book for Area 51,”
Earnest said after he was asked whether the president wants to beat
Clinton to the punch before he leaves office.
said he is “not aware of any plans the president has to make public any
information about this,” adding that he’s not sure whether Obama has
reviewed any government files on extraterrestrial life forms.
made the proposal in all seriousness last month during a radio
interview and has demonstrated more than a casual understanding of the
issue, The New York Times reported.
When she appeared on talk
show Jimmy Kimmel Live recently, the host asked her whether she believes
in unidentified flying objects (UFO). Clinton, a noted policy wonk,
quickly corrected Kimmel's improper terminology.
there's a new name," Clinton said, adding "It's unexplained aerial
phenomenon. U.A.P. That's the latest nomenclature."
Her position has elated UFO enthusiasts, who have declared Clinton the first 'ET candidate'.
has embraced this issue with an absolutely unprecedented level of
interest in American politics,” said Joseph G. Buchman, who has spent
decades calling for government transparency about extraterrestrials.
CIA in 2013 declassified certain documents confirming the existence of
the Area 51 military base, created as per executive order by late
president Dwight Eisenhower in the mid-1950s as a zone in which to test
the high-flying U-2 spy plane.
The secrecy surrounding the base
for decades sparked an endless number of conspiracy theories, including
those that claimed extraterrestrial technology gained from UFOs was
being studied there.