NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has sensationally claimed that the truth really is out there and aliens are actually trying to make contact with Earth right now.
The 32-year-old continues to live in isolation in Russia after he leaked classified information from the U.S. National Security Agency in 2013, regarding how government agencies monitor and use our personal data.
On Friday, however, he had some very different info to chat about when he called into scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk podcast, claiming that encryption might be the reason we’ve yet to make contact with extraterrestrials.
So if you have an an alien civilization trying to listen for other civilizations, or our civilization trying to listen for aliens, there’s only one small period in the development of their society when all of their communication will be sent via the most primitive and most unprotected means.
So when we think about everything that we’re hearing through our satellites or everything that they’re hearing from our civilization (if there are indeed aliens out there), all of their communications are encrypted by default. So what we are hearing, that’s actually an alien television show or a phone call [which] is indistinguishable to us from cosmic microwave background radiation.
Snowden faces charges of espionage and theft of government property in the United States after speaking out about government practices, and conspiracy theorists will now be wondering if the whistleblower also knows some things about Area 51 and UFOs that the CIA don’t want getting out.
Or maybe he’s just a bit of a nerd…