From Jon Austin's 2-13-18 Express article entitled "The 'Illuminati' Is Real and Secretly Running Our World Claims Former Defence Minister":
Hellyer, a former Canadian Minister of Defence, is believed to be the
highest-ranking former politician to come out as a believer of the
popular conspiracy theory.
one of the world's biggest conspiracy theories, the Illuminati is said
to be a secretive global elite which runs governments from behind the
scenes and is planning to introduce a New World Order (NWO).
key members are said to be drawn from Hollywood and world political and
business leaders, with some even accusing its true leaders of being
reptilian lizards from space.
vary in extremities from the simple implementation of the NWO as a goal
at the least, to the Illuminati being a highly Satanic cult seeking to
return the devil to earth.
"Other than repeated claims by conspiracy theorists, which have ballooned in number since the growth of the internet, there is no actual proof the Illuminati exists at all.
"However, in a podcast, Mr Hellyer, who was in post in the 1960s, said the Illuminati, at least at its most basic concept, was real and all powerful."