Edward Snowden says the government isn’t hiding aliens – but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist

Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this article misstated the title of Edward Snowden's book, "Permanent Record."

Is the U.S. government hiding the existence of aliens? According to whistleblower Edward Snowden, the answer is no.

The former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor wrote about his discoveries – or lack thereof – in his recent memoir “Permanent Record” and again confirmed it during an interview on the podcast “Joe Rogan Experience.”

He also said on the podcast that "there probably are aliens" but dismissed the conspiracy theories that say the U.S. government is working overtime to conceal them.

Snowden, who is living in exile in Moscow, said he combed through databases before leaving his job at the NSA and found no evidence that would substantiate the conspiracy theories.

“I went looking on the network, right,” he said on Wednesday's episode. “I couldn’t find anything. If it’s hidden, and it could be hidden, it’s hidden really damn well, especially for people on the inside.”

US government sues Snowden over new memoir: 'Intelligence information should protect our nation, not provide personal profit.'

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit in September against Snowden, saying his memoir violates nondisclosure agreements he signed with the CIA and NSA.

The internationally recognized whistleblower made headlines when The Washington Post and The Guardian published stories based on his leaks detailing the U.S. government's mass surveillance program, including access to the cellphone records of millions of Americans.

Snowden said that he does not regret his actions and that he wants to return to the United States.

Contributing: John Bacon, USA TODAY. Follow Adrianna Rodriguez on Twitter: @AdriannaUSAT.

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