NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has extraordinarily claimed that aliens are real - and they are trying to make contact with us.
Snowden, who leaked classified files that exposed government agencies spying on civilians, is currently in hiding in Russia but his latest revelations are anything but low key.
The 32-year-old claims that aliens are actively looking for life on other planets - and that the noise from satellites is proof that they exist.
The former US intelligence contractor told scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson on the StarTalk podcast: “So if you have an an alien civilisation trying to listen for other civilisations, or our civilisation 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 civilisation (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 you know a phone call… is indistinguishable to us from cosmic microwave background radiation.”
Snowden was granted in asylum in Russia after he went into hiding in Hong Kong in 2013 following the leak of sensitive files.
He is wanted by the United Stated to face charges of espionage and theft of government property.