To house his out-of-this-world mania, DeLonge created To the Stars, a retail-cum-lobbying headquarters on South Coast Highway in Encinitas to sell his outer-space theories, along with skateboards, mugs, hats, T-shirts, used amps, and historic guitars.
“Brand new!!! Rare as hell…the actual one made for me during Enema [of the State, Blink’s third album, released in 1999],” says the To the Stars website of a Fender Custom Shop Strat offered for $10,000. “Comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by Tom DeLonge.”
How DeLonge originally linked up with Podesta is not clear, though the longtime Clinton and Obama aide is reportedly a fan of The X-Files and eager to ease release of top-secret UFO files if he returns to the White House in a putative new Clinton administration.
Another motive for Podesta’s cooperation with DeLonge, some skeptics suggest, is a longtime U.S. policy of disinformation that encourages public speculation about the existence of UFOs to obscure the real details of super weapons being developed in the deserts of the Southwest by the likes of Lockheed and other big military contractors.
The emails from WikiLeaks provide a one-sided version of DeLonge’s communications with the onetime DC lobbyist, but indicate that Podesta had provided his email and maintained contact with DeLonge following an interview for DeLonge’s video documentary project based around Sekret Machines Book 1.
In an October 16, 2015, email, Delonge wrote Podesta about a deal with director Steven Spielberg: “Hi John — Tom DeLonge here, The one who interviewed you for that special documentary not to [sic] long ago. Things are moving with the project.
“The Novels, Films and Non Fiction works are blooming and finishing. Just had a preliminary meeting with Spielberg’s Chief Operating Officer at DreamWorks.
“More meetings are now on the books — 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. Just looking to have a casual, and private conversation in person.”
That November 16, DeLonge relayed a message to Podesta through Hillary Clinton campaign aide Milia Fisher regarding a video he had recently posted online.
“I created this teaser as a way to open conversations and excite Spielberg’s people. It worked. I just left my meeting at DreamWorks, and they are very, very interested.
“On another note, I have somebody important that is willing to fly out and meet with Mr. Podesta. A member of my Committee. I am awaiting a time in January that might work for Mr. Podesta.
“My goal is for Spielberg to be there, too. And if not him, somebody of his stature. Please show Mr. Podesta this private teaser. Let him know that I am spending all afternoon interviewing a scientist that worked on a spacecraft at Area 51 tomorrow.”
On January 26, DeLonge emailed Podesta, “I am honored to be able to work on this with important Men like yourself. Get some sleep out there on that campaign trail, by the way — If I can help I am happy to do it. Hillary’s office called me twice in the past to help her run for the Senate. I met her while I was campaigning for John Kerry. Always loved her. Always wanted a female leader.”
Podesta forwarded DeLonge’s message to Adrienne K. Elrod, director of Strategic Communications & Surrogates for the Clinton campaign, saying of DeLonge, “Don’t think the band is still together, but I think he would do stuff.”
Per a January 24, 2016, email from the WikiLeaks dump, Podesta had arranged an online video conference with DeLonge and four others for January 25. Participants were to include Michael Carey. Though not identified as such in the email, Michael J. Carey is a retired Air Force major general whose endorsement is featured on the book’s Amazon page.
“Sekret Machines scratches at the surface of ‘who do’ we trust with our classified technology — certainly our adversaries are aware of our undertakings, as they are doing the same, but what of our citizens, our politicians, even our own military.”
Continues Carey, “Tom DeLonge and A.J. Hartley create a convincing narrative describing the ‘cat and mouse’ game that is timeless between strategic adversaries. It has existed under the sea, on the surface of the earth and in its skies, why wouldn’t we believe it occurs in space. Our military leaders have been saying space is a contested environment for years now, perhaps we should believe them!”
Another intriguing component of the invitee list was the email address of Rob Weiss, executive vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs, famously known as the Skunkworks, the top-secret developer of the U-2 spy plane and a host of stealth technology used by the nation’s military.
In an email on February 22, 2016, Delonge wrote Podesta, “Mr. Weiss from Lockheed SkunkWorks just emailed me asking if there were any updates. I am not expecting much, but if there is anything I can tell him and the General, however small, I would like to respectfully pass it along.”
Another email address of those invited to the online meeting is widely reported to have belonged to retired Air Force major general William Neil McCasland, associated with some of the U.S. government’s most surreptitious high-tech operations, including the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base, outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where many UFO sightings have been reported over the decades, most famously the 1947 Roswell incident.
“He mentioned he’s a ‘skeptic’, he’s not,” Delonge wrote Podesta regarding McCasland in a January 25 email.
“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.”