Sidney Blumenthal’s E-mails to Hillary’s private account possibly show the existence of a “rogue network of ex-CIA types” and others “loyal to the Clintons” working in Libya prior to the 9/11/12 attack on the “U.S. State Department” compound where the U.S. Ambassador was killed
Where do these cover-ups begin and end ?
A joint report by “ProPublica and Gawker says that “[s]tarting weeks before Islamic militants attacked the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, longtime Clinton family confidante Sidney Blumenthal supplied intelligence to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gathered by a secret network that included a former CIA clandestine service officer, according to hacked emails from Blumenthal’s account. *** The emails, which were posted on the internet in 2013, also show that Blumenthal and another close Clinton associate discussed contracting with a retired Army special operations commander to put operatives on the ground near the Libya-Tunisia border while Libya’s civil war raged in 2011....” ( See “Private Emails Reveal Ex-Clinton Aide’s Secret Spy Network”
by Jeff Gerth & Sam Biddle, 3/27/15, ProPublica & Gawker [http://www.propublica.org/article/private-emails-reveal-ex-clinton-aides-secret-spy-network]).
THE BLUMENTHAL E-MAILS WERE SENT TO HILLARY CLINTON’S PRIVATE E-MAIL ACCOUNTBlumenthal’s E-mails to Clinton were directed to her private email account and included at least a dozen detailed reports on events on the deteriorating political and security climate in Libya, as well as events in other nations.
The Blumenthal E-mails came to light after a hacker broke into Blumenthal’s account. They have taken on a new significance in light of the disclosures that Hillary Clinton conducted a mix of State Department and personal business on a single E-mail server that she controlled, kept at her home and kept secret from other State Department officials. All of those details only recently were discovered by congressional investigators and members of the national media.
The complete contents of that Hillary Clinton’s private account are presently being sought by a congressional inquiry into the Benghazi attacks. Clinton has handed over more than 30,000 pages of her E-Mails to the State Department, after unilaterally deciding which ones were government business; and the post-Clinton State Department has so far handed over almost 900 pages of those E-mails to the committee. A Clinton spokesman told Gawker and ProPublica (which are collaborating on the story) that she has turned over all the E-Mails Blumenthal sent to Clinton to the State Department.
A HILLARY CLINTON SECRET INTELLIGENCE OPERATION — A “BACK CHANNEL” FOR “PRIVATE” INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION ?The contents of the Blumenthal memos [E-mails] raise new questions about how Hillary Clinton had been using her private E-mail account and whether she had tapped into an undisclosed back channel for information on Libya’s crisis and other foreign policy matters.
It is not clear who hired Blumenthal, known for his fierce loyalty to the Clintons, husband and wife, with preparing detailed intelligence briefs. It’s also not known who was paying him, or where the operation got its money. The Blumenthal memos were marked “confidential” and relied in many cases on “sensitive” sources in the Libyan opposition and various “Western” intelligence and security services. Other of his reports focused on Egypt, Germany, and Turkey.
There’s no indication in Blumenthal’s E-Mails whether Secretary of State Clinton read or replied to them before she left her post in the State Department on February 1, 2013. However, Blumenthal was clearly part of a select group with knowledge of the private clintonemail.com address, which was unknown to the rest of the State Department at the time; and/or to the public until Gawker published it long after Hillary left State. The Blumenthal memos/ E-mails do suggest that she continued to interacted with Blumenthal using the account after she stepped down.
STATE DEPARTMENT WOULD COMMENT “ON BACKGROUND” ABOUT ONLY A PART OF THIS STUFFWhen reached for comment about the ProPublica/Gawker dislosures, a State Department public affairs official said that he would only speak on background; and he declined to address questions about Blumenthal’s relationship to Clinton, whether she was aware of the intelligence network, and who if anyone had been paying Blumenthal.
Asked about the Tunisia-Libya mission covered in the Blumenthal memos/E-Mails, the official replied, “There was a trip with [Secretary of State Clinton] in October of 2011, but there was also a congressional delegation in April, 2011. There were media reports about both of these at the time.”