UFO fans are rooting for Hillary Clinton to win the White House, hoping that her avid interest in theories of alien life will lead to secret US files on the subject being made public .
As a teenager she wrote to Nasa to ask about becoming an astronaut. She was turned down, she said, because the space programme did not accept women.
However, her enthusiasm for the unearthly has not waned. According to those who lobby for transparency on extraterrestrial phenomena, her embrace of the issue is “unprecedented”.
If national security considerations allow, Mrs Clinton has vowed to declassify records kept at Area 51, the Nevada US air force base believed by some to have conducted research on extraterrestrial life. “I would like us to go into those files and hopefully make as much of that public as possible. There are enough stories out there that I don’t think everybody is just sitting in their kitchen making them up,” she has said.
Her husband has been more sceptical. “I had people go look at the records at Area 51 to make sure there was no alien down there. I had all the Roswell papers reviewed, everything,” he said in 2014.
Mrs Clinton was unimpressed. “Well, I’m gonna do it again,” she said.