In a galaxy, far, far away, there is a mathematical chance that alien life exists – but the White House says it has no evidence that extraterrestrials have ever tried to contact humans.
In a blow to conspiracy theorists everywhere, a senior Barack Obama administration official also says there is also no credible information to suggest evidence of alien life is being kept from the public.
The unusual comment was contained in a response to several petitions lodged on a White House website by a senior space policy and communications official Phil Larson.
“The US government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race,” wrote Mr Larson.
“In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public’s eye.”