When WikiLeaks released more leaked emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign this month, journalists and news hounds poured over the documents to see if they confirmed any of the criticisms and suspicions levied against the Democratic nominee. But no one expected to find this.
WikiLeaks' emails revealed that Tom DeLonge, the former guitarist of the popular alt-rock band Blink-182, reached out the John Podesta, the chair of the Clinton campaign about UFOs, of all things. DeLonge emailed Podesta at least twice advocating for the disclosure of government information he claims would confirm sightings of unidentified flying objects. The emails are the latest in the musician's longstanding preoccupation with extraterrestrials.
In one email from October 2015, DeLonge says he wanted Podesta to meet some "important people" who would confirm DeLonge's claims.
"I think you will find them very interesting, as they were principal leadership relating to our sensitive topic. Both were in charge of most fragile divisions, as it relates to Classified Science and DOD topics. Other words, these are A-Level officials. Worth our time, and as well the investment to bring all the way out to you."
In another email from January 2016, DeLonge describes a relationship with a former military official.
"He mentioned he's a 'skeptic,' he's not. I've been working with him for four months. I just got done giving him a four hour presentation on the entire project a few weeks ago. Trust me, the advice is already been happening on how to do all this. He just has to say that out loud, but he is very, very aware as he was in charge of all of the stuff," DeLonge wrote, going on to refer to the Roswell conspiracy theory that the U.S. government recovered an alien spacecraft in 1947. "When Roswell crashed, they shipped it to the laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. General McCasland was in charge of that exact laboratory up to a couple years ago."
It is not clear if Podesta responded to either email. After resigning as an adviser to the Obama administration in 2015, Podesta wrote a since-deleted tweet that Obama's "biggest failure" was "not securing the #disclosure of the UFO files."
DeLonge has a very public history with regards to his belief in alien life. Since 2011 he has operated Strange Times, a website devoted to extraterrestrials, paranormal activity, cryptozoology, and conspiracy theories. He also co-wrote a novel with the same title that, while fictional, he says is based off of real information he has obtained from government sources.
DeLonge told Rolling Stone in April that he his obsession dates back to his Blink-182 days, a fact he says he concealed from his bandmates at the time.
"I couldn't tell the band I was working with people in the government," DeLonge said. "That's another big part of this story. People think I want to just put out a novel and make a movie. I have 10 people that I'm working with that are at the highest levels of the Department of Defense and NASA and the military. Big s---, and no one knows this. I'm doing all this stuff already."
DeLonge has publicly expressed multiple farfetched beliefs on the topic, including that he communicated with aliens while camping near Area 51 in Nevada, that aliens have already made contact with the U.S. government and that there are fossilized remains of alien life on mars.
The good news for DeLonge? Most NASA experts agree that life likely exists on other planets.