Yes, Edward Snowden is still living in isolation in Russia and is not allowed back into the U.S without facing serious charges for his whistleblowing activities, namely leaking information about how the government monitors citizens and tracks their data. However, he is not exactly remaining tight-lipped about other knowledge he has. In a surprising turn, Snowden claims that the government knows more than they’re letting on about aliens. Yes, you heard that right — aliens!
On Friday, Snowden placed a call to scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson on his podcast “StarTalk” to make these new claims, which are based on the fact that the encryption on all human communication prevents us from making more definitive contact with aliens and the government knows it. Essentially, Snowden is saying that encryption, which is used to secure data, is failing us in our quest with other life forms:
“You can’t distinguish a properly encrypted communication from random behavior. 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, all of their communications are encrypted by default. So what we are hearing is indistinguishable to us — an alien television show or a phone call — is indistinguishable to us from cosmic microwave background radiation from cosmic microwave background radiation.”
What? An alien television show?
We’re all scratching our heads to make sense of this statement, but Snowden insists he has some insider knowledge that the government knows more about aliens trying to make contact than they let on. He’s also saying that we’ll never have direct contact with alien societies (or them with ours) as long as human communications (and alien communications) are encrypted for security reasons.
According to Edward Snowden aliens also have a sophisticated encryption system that protects as protection against humans.
He really hates secured information this guy.
Tell us what you think about Snowden’s new claims.