A WikiLeaks cable from 2010 details an interaction between a U.S. ambassador and the mayor of Dushanbe, Tajikstan, in which the mayor mentions knowledge of the existence of life on other planets.
The statement came from Mahmadsaid Ubaidulloev, then-mayor of the nation’s capital and former chairman of the country’s upper chamber of parliament.
The two discussed Tajikstan’s upcoming election, the mayor’s desire to get Tajik students into Harvard, and issues with electricity at a Dushanbe cybercafé.
But a somewhat out of context statement came when the mayor began speaking about the conflict in Afghanistan.
The cable states that he thanked the U.S. ambassador for his country’s contributions and sacrifices and said U.S. activity there was important “as we enter the third millennium and the 21st century.
He continued, stating that “war is very dangerous,” and “we know there is life on other planets, but we must make peace here first.”
The cable doesn’t go into further detail as to the meaning of the mayor’s statement, despite its inclusion in a classified document.
The ambassador makes subtle, dismissive notes throughout the cable painting an image of the mayor as somewhat aloof and irrational.
The ambassador describes the conversation as “platitude-ridden” and “nonsensical” saying the Mayor often lied about free and fair elections, and unbiased media coverage.
The cable ends with the ambassador bluntly referring to the meeting as, “a right painful 90 minutes.”
But the mayor’s comment about extraterrestrial life is not the first to be made by a foreign dignitary to a U.S. ambassador.
In a 2006 cable released by Wikileaks, Lithuania’s advisor to the Prime Minister, Albinas Januska, was quoted warning of the existence of, “a group of people, who are directed from the East, a group of UFOs, who are making influence from the Cosmos.”
Januskas said, “There also exists a decreasing number of persons, who are trying to rationally analyze the situation and to objectively evaluate what is happening.”
Again, the cable doesn’t go into further detail regarding Januska’s comments, though its inclusion in the cable signifies some potential interest or intrigue behind his statements.
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