Americans are ready to hear the truth about UFOs and who and what may be out there in the vastness of the galaxy, says John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman.
"There are a lot of planets out there. The American people can handle the truth," Podesta told Jake Tapper on the CNN program "The Lead."
"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."
In January, Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, pledged to "get to the bottom" of rumors that the U.S. government has had contact with extraterrestrial beings.
Part of the Clinton strategy is to demystify some of the work that's gone on at "Area 51," a restricted U.S. Air Force facility in southern Nevada.
According to scuttlebutt, Area 51 is the center of the nation's research on UFOs and some alien beings have been kept there.
Podesta, who has had a deep interest in Area 51 and whether aliens exist, told Tapper:
"If she's elected president, when she gets into office, she'll ask for as many records as the United States federal government has to be declassified."
Conspiracy-theory buffs believe the government has stayed mum for decades on what it knows about extra-terrestrial life, but Washington has always denied it.
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