Published: 5:38 PM 12/12/2013
One unusual fact you might not know about President Obama’s new advisor and former chief of staff for President Clinton is that he is an advocate for UFO disclosure.
John Podesta, who the Washington Post reported on Monday will become part of Obama’s inner circle as White House counselor for a year, once public asked the U.S. government to release any UFO files that could help scientists determine "the real nature of this phenomenon."
The Huffington Post reported Podesta asked the government "to declassify [UFO] records that are more than 25 years old” during a 2002 news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
The video clip from the 2009 James Fox film,” I Know What I Saw,” posted below shows Podesta’s chance on UFOs.
Podesta also wrote the foreword to Leslie Kean's 2010 New York Times bestseller, "UFOs: Generals, Pilots, And Government Officials Go On The Record":
“I'm skeptical about many things, including the notion that government always knows best, and that the people can't be trusted with the truth. The time to pull the curtain back on this subject is long overdue. Presenting the facts, the book includes statements from only the most credible sources -- those in a position to know -- about a fascinating phenomenon, the nature of which is yet to be determined.
“It's time to find out what the truth really is that's out there. The American people -- and people around the world -- want to know, and they can handle the truth.”
The Washington Post reported Podesta is one of the most experienced strategists in the Democratic Party. Podesta is formally being brought on board as Obama tries to rebuild his approval ratings after the “flawed rollout” of the insurance marketplaces under Obamacare.
Podesta served as Clinton’s chief of staff during the Monica Lewinsky scandal and impeachment proceedings. He founded the Center for American Progresss (CAP), a leading Democratic public policy organization, where he served as president.