Steve Bassett, executive director of the Paradigm Research Group, is the only registered “alien disclosure” lobbyist in the United States and has been campaigning for the White House to come clean about what it really knows for the past 20 years. In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, the 69-year-old set out why he is convinced 2016 will be the year for the world’s most historic ever announcement.

There was an air of excitement about Mr Bassett as he arrived at the Daily Express offices in London during a visit to the UK and Europe to gather international support for a 20-year mission. He was clutching a mock-up Daily Express front page he created with the words “We Are Not Alone” over the face of an alien as the top story. He said: “This will be a reality this year and across the front pages of newspapers across the world. The most significant news story that has ever been broken.” READ MORE