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WikiLeaks Publishes Cryptic UFO Emails Sent To Clinton Campaign From Former Blink 182 Singer (gizmodo.com) 205

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: The former lead singer of Blink 182, Tom DeLonge, has publicly admitted to his obsession with UFOs -- but that still doesn't explain why he was sending two cryptic messages about alien spacecrafts to Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta, as the Wall Street Journal reported earlier today. The former rockstar's UFO emails became public in the latest Wikleaks dump, published earlier this month. DeLonge, who is best known for his shitty guitar riffs and vocals in songs like "What's My Age Again," emailed Podesta at least twice from his personal account, urging him to meet in person so he could introduce Podesta to high-level officials (presumably with info about UFOs). Here's a small taste of one of the messages: "I would like to bring two very 'important' people out to meet you in DC. 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. I just need 2 hours from you." In another email, DeLonge said he's been working with someone named General McCasland, and explained some of the General's public comments. The email is rather strange, given that there's no specific request made or really any context at all for the message: "He mentioned he's a 'skeptic,' he's not.... He just has to say that out loud, but he is very, very aware -- as he was in charge of all of the stuff. 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's unclear if Podesta ever responded to the messages, but he has shown interest in UFOs in the past. When he stepped down from his role as a senior advisor to President Barack Obama, Podesta tweeted, "Finally, my biggest failure of 2014: Once again not securing the #disclosure of the UFO files. #thetruthisstilloutthere cc: @NYTimesDowd." The famous tweet now appears under the name of Obama's new senior advisor Brian Deese.
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WikiLeaks Publishes Cryptic UFO Emails Sent To Clinton Campaign From Former Blink 182 Singer

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 11, 2016 @08:04AM (#53054123)

    And Make The Aliens Pay For It!

    Trump 2016!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 11, 2016 @08:08AM (#53054137)

    Not that I am a huge fan of Blink 182 or anything, but is there really a need to call their riffs "shitty"? Afterall, they probably accomplished more in their lives than the shill who wrote this article.

    Captcha: Frigid, just like Hillary.

    • by Pascoea ( 968200 )
      I read that three times, first time I read "shitty", second time "shifty", then after your comment I went and ready it again... it definitely says "shitty". That's funny as hell.
      • by Anonymous Coward

        Holy shit, me too! I read "shifty" a couple of times, but after AC's comment I checked and it actually does read "shitty". The thing is, though, that in the original Gizmodo article it *also* reads "shitty".

      • Clearly he meant schwifty but for some reason had autocorrect on.

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Additionally, "What's my age again?" is one of the few Blink 182 songs not to feature his horrible vocals.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by cloud.pt ( 3412475 )

      Being a huge fan of Blink 182 (in my top 10 bands), I can say the riffs are simple, which some might define as shitty if what they appreciate is sheer technical ability. And if have you ever seen them live, be it in person or on through a TV show where they actually singing and playing, you wouldn't even thought of writing that comment. I have actually seen them live and it's worse than shitty, especially Tom. One of the worst live bands ever, Sex Pistols-level. Mark's instrument being the bass and his low

      • by Gr8Apes ( 679165 )

        And if have you ever seen them live, be it in person or on through a TV show where they actually singing and playing, you wouldn't even thought of writing that comment. I have actually seen them live and it's worse than shitty, especially Tom. One of the worst live bands ever, Sex Pistols-level. Mark's instrument being the bass and his low tone might be more forgiving, but Tom is buttfck bad bad live.

        Man, that's the funniest fan written description ever!

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Not that I am a huge fan of Blink 182 or anything, but is there really a need to call their riffs "shitty"? Afterall, they probably accomplished more in their lives than the shill who wrote this article.

      Captcha: Frigid, just like Hillary.

      Because, unlike UFOs, we can substantiate the shitty guitar rifs

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Not that I am a huge fan of Blink 182 or anything, but is there really a need to call their riffs "shitty"?

      Yes

    • by epyT-R ( 613989 )

      By what standards? The standards of a society that saw fit to reward blink 182?

      I think it's the standards we should question..

    • Personal attacks are how you distinguish real journalists from the wannabes like Anonymous Coward, bloggers, and cable news channels.

  • Biased much?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      "peaking at number two on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart for ten weeks" -Wiki

      Is shitty the new word for cool?

      • by epyT-R ( 613989 )

        Typically, what's considered cool and popular by the majority is insipid to those with half a braincell.

        • by Barny ( 103770 )

          I am so sorry to hear you only have half a brain-cell. Although it is promising to see you able to post comments to slashdot.

  • make so many people lose their grip on reality? Whether it is thinking we all live in a computer simulation or UFOs are scouting the planet, or that the earth is really flat, there seems to be a connection between making too much money and losing your mind.

    • by CODiNE ( 27417 ) on Tuesday October 11, 2016 @08:26AM (#53054201) Homepage

      They either believe they are so much better than everyone else and they've got it all figured out, the universe loves them and they're blessed, or just incredibly lucky.

      None of those is exactly a recipe for great mental health.

    • by Gilgaron ( 575091 ) on Tuesday October 11, 2016 @08:27AM (#53054211)
      I think needing to concern yourself with money to fulfill your basic needs grounds you in reality a bit compared to living off of some giant nest egg managed by your accountant.
      • I think needing to concern yourself with money to fulfill your basic needs grounds you in reality a bit compared to living off of some giant nest egg managed by your accountant.

        Wow man, careful with your phrasing there.
        How about something along the lines of "having to constantly work in order to merely survive doesn't leave much time for philosophical vaporings".

        • It did feel a little mercenary writing it that way, but it felt accurate... having liquid assets is a basic need in society since you can't pay the tax man in bacon. Your wording is, however, much more pleasing to the ear and mind.
    • by RandomSurfer314 ( 4412795 ) on Tuesday October 11, 2016 @08:44AM (#53054261)
      It really doesn't, you're just a victim of selection bias.
    • by Mashiki ( 184564 )

      make so many people lose their grip on reality?

      It's likely drugs or medications, it's the only reasonable explanation. Ask yourself, what's the most insane thing you thought has been true while on some pain medication or hypnotic drug for whatever. Now consider you've got lots of money, and can afford to grease a doctors palms to get you a steady supply of something that'll make you feel great, all the time. Makes a lot of sense doesn't it?

      Anyone who's been on pain meds at a high dose will tell you all the fucked up stuff that they've either done or

      • Ask yourself, what's the most insane thing you thought has been true while on some pain medication or hypnotic drug for whatever

        I can't think of anything "insane" I ever thought while being on pain meds. In fact, I never noticed much effect at all from pain meds when I've taken them. Similarly, I've never noticed any kind of mental effect or "buzz" from drinking alcohol. Maybe I'm weird...

    • He admitted to being high on painkillers during the entire recording session for his side project's debut album (Angels And Airwaves).

    • by sootman ( 158191 )

      Plenty of people are nuts and you don't know them. You know about the famous nuts BECAUSE THEY'RE FAMOUS. There are literally thousands of famous actors, musicians, and athletes, and it only takes a few visible nuts to make it seem like there are a WHOLE LOT of nuts.

      • Citations please. The research I have read indicates that lots of money makes people less empathic, less social and more irrational. And I was not talking about mental illness as you know, I was talking about delusional thinking. But go ahead and defend wealthy people without offering any information or citations.

    • by Daetrin ( 576516 )
      As others have said, selection bias. You hear about the rich people who are delusional, you don't hear about the non-rich people who are delusional.

      I had a close friend who suffered from delusions of some kind. (I would guess paranoid schizophrenia, but i'm not a doctor.) At the start it was just that she thought people were spying on her (or at least that was all she would admit to at the time.) Eventually this developed into a belief that the government was bouncing signals off of tesla coils on the moo
    • It doesn't.

      You just don't hear about the poor people who lose their grip on reality.

      Rich people are more visible, so their ridiculous ideas are more visible. Doesn't actually make them more prevalent.

      • Citations please?

        • Citations on what? That poor people can be crazy?

          Spend 5 minutes in a wallmart, or check out any of the conspiracy theories on Youtube.

          Rich folks do not have a monopoly on insanity.

          • I said in several of my posts I was not talking about insanity. Now I know you are not reading what I wrote. You are assuming what I wrote. I am not talking about being insane or having a mental illness. I was saying that having too much money affects people's thinking and behavior in negative ways. I wanted you to provide citations that purport that having huge sums of money does not affect people's reasoning, empathy, risk taking, etc. My original question was why do many really rich people seem to lose t

            • You are correct: I have not read everything you wrote, but I've read enough here to know that you're full of shit.

              I don't need to provide citations for anything. You have made the claim that "having too much money affects people's thinking and behavior in negative ways," so the burden of proof is on you. When you make the claim, you need to support that claim.

              You need to prove that Tom DeLong being a nutter is related to his wealth, and not simply just a random nutter who also happens to have money. Or a

    • Why does being rich and famous...make so many people lose their grip on reality?

      Because (like beauty), having money, power, and/or fame distorts the feedback they get from other people about their ideas. When they say something oddball, they may receive encouragement, rather than discouragement, from people who want them to be attracted and friendly to them, in the hopes of receiving benefits (such as money, beneficial exercise of power, or physical intimacy). Reward their wrong and/or wierd opinions and

    • by AHuxley ( 892839 )
      Been rich and been famous is not the same thing. A lot of famous people have lost all their wealth. Some rich people are not well known.
      To keep wealth it is often good to make contact with the political class. Charity work globally, NGO's with full gov backing.
  • I'm neither a conspiracy nutter nor a high profile public figure (does this Tom DeLonge count as both?) but I'm willing to bet that the former message the latter via all sorts of medium all the time.

    If Wikileaks have got something interesting then reveal that, not this nonsense.

    • This is an especially worthless leak because the documents dealing with the thing that crashed in Roswell in 1947 were already declassified [csicop.org] back in the mid 1990's [csicop.org].

      My freshman physics teacher [nmt.edu], and undergraduate college advisor, worked on project mogul. He was part of the team that built the craft that crashed in Roswell in 1947. I learned college physics from one of the beings that built the craft that crashed in Roswell and started a UFO 'craze'! (He was a human being, but that is still a being.) New Mexi [nmt.edu]

      • I don't really understand the purpose of the 'leak' unless it is to show that some people who work with Hillary Clinton have some pretty wacky beliefs. Has anyone been paying attention to politics for the last few decades? This is not startling in any way. Finding evidence of a rational person, without wacky beliefs, involved in politics would be a world shattering revelation.

        I can tell you what this is all about:

        For whatever you think about the Clintons, they (both Bill and Hillary) do seem genuinely interested in the topic of UFOs. It is Bill Clinton, as President, that pressured the Air Force and Joint Chiefs and Congress and anyone he could pressure to come clean about Roswell, which prompted the Gummint to "declassify" the Project Mogul documents, and (supposedly) re-examine the Roswell crash "afresh".

        So, I assume that the guy from Blink 182 knew that, and thought he wo

    • On the contrary, we now know...it really was aliens!!! Surely you can see this also proves all the other off-the-cuff conspiracy theories made up in the past decade. Say goodbye to your precious bodily fluids!

    • Looks like WikiLeaks just did a document dump instead of checking what might be worth leaking, and what not. Although given that if they were selective about it, they'd be accused of shilling for either Trump or Clinton or the Russians, depending on which. So maybe it's good that they did it this way
  • Guess I'll have to vote for the Cheeto Messiah.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      It ain't easy being cheesy

  • by La Gris ( 531858 ) <lea,gris&noiraude,net> on Tuesday October 11, 2016 @08:46AM (#53054271) Homepage

    Publishing one's mailbox content, it is no surprise to find junk.

    Thus I am not surprised a political figure in need for more funding is receiving frivolous solicitations from a person with questionable mental health. And guess what, when a public political figure has to smile and be kind with all ppl, even those that are disturbingly ill. This is even more important if your are in need for funding.

    • by geek ( 5680 )

      Publishing one's mailbox content, it is no surprise to find junk.

      Thus I am not surprised a political figure in need for more funding is receiving frivolous solicitations from a person with questionable mental health. And guess what, when a public political figure has to smile and be kind with all ppl, even those that are disturbingly ill. This is even more important if your are in need for funding.

      It's not frivolous. Podesta is a long time UFO nut. In fact he even publicly swore once to release UFO information the government has if he held public office.

    • This isn't junk at all. If you go back to Julian Assange's previous announcement:

      So, those Hillary Clinton emails, they connect together with the cables that we have published of Hillary Clinton, creating a rich picture of how Hillary Clinton performs in office, but, more broadly, how the U.S. Department of State operates.

      So, here's Wikileaks October Surprise. Hillary and her campaign staff are ignoring the alien invasion! The Lunar Ambassador is calling for help, and Hillary is ignoring him! Just as she's

  • METV just started airing the X-Files from the beginning.

  • by wonkey_monkey ( 2592601 ) on Tuesday October 11, 2016 @08:56AM (#53054325) Homepage

    he former lead singer of Blink 182, Tom DeLonge, has publicly admitted to his obsession with UFOs -- but that still doesn't explain why he was sending two cryptic messages about alien spacecrafts to Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta

    Whadyamean, it doesn't explain it? It explains it perfectly. He's obsessed with UFOs.

    • by hey! ( 33014 )

      I'm obsessed with UFOs. It's kind of an issue in my house. I'll start to watch a UFO documentary on Netflix and and without fail I get too pissed off to finish it. Sure, it's a given that the filmmaker is a nut or a charlatan, but I keep hoping that for once it'll be a better class of nut or charlatan. It's the utter lack of originality that I find so depressing. I mean we're talking about putative contact with a superior alien civilization, something that if it were true would make the world even more

      • Yes, Much the same here.

        Every few months I will sit down with one in the hopes that "This will be different.." I seldom finish one.

  • . . . .impersonating our major party candidates AGAIN [youtube.com] ??

    Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos. . .

  • Note to self: spike your sensitive documents trove with fake news about very exciting topics to steer the reporting away from sensitive matters.
  • by cloud.pt ( 3412475 ) on Tuesday October 11, 2016 @09:20AM (#53054475)

    ...silly. He does have horrible live performances on the guitar, but he definitely doesn't sing that song. That song is all Mark (the bassist) except the chorus, which is sang in chorus (sorry) by both Mark and Tom. I just wanted to bring some sense to this senseless article is all.

    For scientific completion, Tom says exactly 23 words of the chorus, roughly a third of the entire chorus words, 1/5 of the chorus duration:

    • "away from me"
    • "twenty three"
    • "TV Shows
    • "(hang) up on me"
    • "prank phone calls"
    • "freshman year
    • "(broke) up with me
    • "so seriously"
    • "fall in line"

    Now, on the very next album song, Tom does sing some amazing wordsmith quotes like "He's a player, diarrhea giver". We can all assume that and his likely "abuse of substance" are very good credentials for someone stating anything about the paranormal.

  • alien spacecrafts [sic]

    The plural of spacecraft is spacecraft, chump.

    • No, spacecrafts is correct: aliens macrame their pressure suits, and their star charts are macaroni pictures.

  • So this is the much-anticipated Wikileaks October Surprise? UFO emails from Blink 182? Julian needs to up his game and give us something just a tad more significant, like maybe Hillary's dry cleaning list or some of her Nigerian 401 spam.

  • Consider "Aliens Exist" form probably their most popular album "Enema of the State"

    Hey mom there's something in the backroom
    Hope it's not the creatures from above
    You used to read me stories
    As if my dreams were boring
    We all know conspiracies are dumb
    What if people knew that these were real
    I'd leave my closet door open all night
    I know the CIA would say
    What you hear is all hearsay
    I wish someone would tell me what was right
    Up all night long
    And there's something very wrong
    And I know it must be late
    Been gone sinc

  • Slashdot is big on Privacy but let's face it, if you send whack-job email to a public figure it may leak and embarrass you. So this guy really has nothing to complain about.

  • This is ridiculous. Why allow such bias towards someone's musicianship when you're posting an article about something completely different? The comments are plagued now, very little to do with the topic of UFOs or whatever the fuck it was. I don't remember, I saw "shitty guitar riffs" and got agitated and wanted to post a comment rebuking it. Fucking Slashdot, get it together. I've been on since the year 2000 and this blatant editorial nonsense in an otherwise "News for Nerds" story just makes you look like

  • "DeLonge said he's been working with someone named General McCasland"

    Can 'General McCasland' corroborate DeLonges story?

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