Tom DeLonge believes aliens are real. He also believes, among other things, that the Cold War served to cover up alien life and that the US government has an alien locked up. "It sounds like the ramblings of a very high man," Kelsey McKinney writes at the Fader, in a piece exploring how the former Blink-182 guitarist and singer has somehow become "one of the world's leading UFO experts." DeLonge has amassed a respectable team of experts, including scientists and former military and intelligence officials, to investigate his claims through his To The Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences. And just two months after the academy's launch last October, one of its employees, former Pentagon official Luis Elizondo, helped reveal what DeLonge said was true: that a decade-long Pentagon program focused on much of the same work of DeLonge's team.
DeLonge's credibility also has been bolstered by emails showing he was discussing UFOs with Hillary Clinton campaign manager and former White House official John Podesta in 2015. DeLonge claims he's also chatted with Pentagon officials and other government sources, including one who told him an alien life form has been found. At the same time, the story includes a quote from a former bandmate who once said DeLonge would unquestioningly believe pretty much anything he reads, no matter how crazy. So why this mission? Elizondo suggests that it's a matter of conscience: Delonge's goal is "to make sure that the public is getting the information they deserve." Click for the full piece, which includes mention of a supposed alien encounter while DeLonge was camping near Area 51.