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Clinton Library Offers Peek At UFO Files

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2007 06:52:00 -0500
Archived: Thu, 15 Nov 2007 06:52:00 -0500
Subject: Clinton Library Offers Peek At UFO Files

Source: Yahoo News


Tue Nov 13, 8:36 PM ET 

Clinton Library Offers Peek At UFO Files

By Andrew DeMillo
Associated Press Writer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - In a move sure to provide fodder for
conspiracy theorists, the Clinton Library withheld e-mails with
subject lines like "X-Files" and "Area 51" from a batch of
documents recently released at a UFO buff's request.

National Archives officials made several files =97 ranging from a
White House staffer's obsession with the TV show "The X-Files"
to President Clinton's push to hook up the Sci-Fi Channel at
Camp David =97 available for viewing starting last Thursday in
response to Freedom of Information requests.

Several pages, however, were withheld because they would
"constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy,"
according to National Archives documents.

Among the released pages, 27 come from the files of former White
House Chief of Staff John Podesta, a fan of "The X-Files," a
show about FBI agents investigating extraterrestrials and other
supernatural events. The files include articles forwarded to
Podesta about the canceled Fox show.

Peter Baker, a Washington Post reporter, relied on Podesta's
interest in the show to persuade him to help on a book about the
White House.

"Why am I skeptical that this book constitutes an opportunity
for us?" Podesta wrote in a March 24, 1999, e-mail to Baker, who
eventually wrote a book about the former president's impeachment
and trial.

"Because any good X-Files fan is skeptical by nature and
understandably so," Baker replied the next day.

In 1995, a group called the "Project Starlight Coalition" sent
President Clinton a letter asking him to declassify any
documents about extraterrestrials or UFOs.

Two months later, an aide replied that he had forwarded the
request for a meeting to White House staff.

"The President appreciates your interest and long-standing
involvement in this issue," James A. Dorskind, a special
assistant to the president, wrote to members of the coalition.

The files also include an e-mail between White House spokeswomen
Patricia F. Lewis and Mary Ellen Glynn over a Hollywood Reporter
question about Clinton's insistence on installing the Sci-Fi
channel at the presidential retreat.

"I know we're not going to talk about it, but it's one of the
better questions I've heard in a while and I wanted to share,"
Lewis wrote.

The records are being released in response to a slew of requests
from UFO enthusiast Grant Cameron, who operates a Web site on
presidential history with extraterrestrials. Cameron has several
other requests pending, including one for "all files on the
Kennedy assassination."

He did not immediately respond to an e-mail message seeking
comment Tuesday.

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