9) How did you acquire this information about Benghazi?
I’m definitely not the only person that has figured this out. I’m just the first one willing to piece together all the evidence and present it in context with the email scandal.
Our dear friend Sidney Blumenthal has returned.
For those are not reading sequentially, I’ll re-summarize from Chapter 4 Part II.
In June 2015, the State Department received 15 Libya related emails that Hillary Clinton had not turned over in her 55,000 pages and had possibly deleted. These 15 emails were turned over by longtime confidant and advisor to the Clinton’s – Sidney Blumenthal.
Blumenthal was not a member of the State Department, or of the government at all, he was an employee of The Clinton Foundation. In his unofficial role, he routinely provided Clinton with intelligence memos about Libya. And with whom she encouraged to continue sending her information. After Clinton turned over all her work-related emails to the State Department in December 2014, it was revealed in May 2015 that she had extensively corresponded with him during the Benghazi attacks.
GOP investigators asserted that Clinton relied on Blumenthal for advice and sent it to others at State while ignoring requests from Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi for added security. It didn’t help when it was revealed that Ambassador Stevens, who was killed in the attack, did not even have Clinton’s email address while Blumenthal did.
“A man who was a friend of yours, who had never been to Libya, didn’t know much about it, at least that was his testimony, didn’t know much about it, every one of those reports that he sent on to you that had to do with situations on the ground in Libya, those made it to your desk,” Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) declared. “You asked for more of them. You read them. You corresponded with him. And yet the folks that worked for you didn’t have the same courtesy.”
After his and Clinton’s communications about Libya were revealed, he was subpoenaed by the committee investigating the Benghazi attacks in May 2015. It was here that he turned over dozens of emails he had exchanged with Secretary Clinton when she was in office.
The State Department crosschecked the emails that Blumenthal turned over to Congress with the ones Clinton had handed over and found that she had not provided nine of them and portions of six others.
Though Clinton claimed the contents of these emails were not classified, this had been the smoking gun Republican investigators had been looking for.
Investigators have said that at least two emails she kept from the State Department contained information regarding the new Libyan government that had replaced the now toppled Muammar Gaddafi. And that email indicated that Libyan leaders were “well aware” of which “major oil companies and international banks” supported them during the rebellion, information they would “factor into decisions” about about who would be given access to the country’s rich oil reserves.
Another memo contains details about how new Libyan leaders were forging business relationships with private firms. Blumenthal told Clinton his sources were concerned about the focus of international interest on Libya’s oil sector, playing up the importance of other “private firms” that could provide “medical assistance.” Something he admitted to having a personal financial stake in.
Most damningly, as mentioned earlier, he revealed the name of a CIA intelligence operative in one of his memos to Clinton.
This is all we have been told about Sidney Blumenthal’s correspondence with Clinton regarding Libya.
But the damning evidence is already public.
Let’s just do this Google Search – “Sidney Blumenthal Libya emails missing”
Four of Blumenthal’s emails were leaked as a result of a 2013 hack into his AOL account by a Romanian hacker, who went by the alias “Guccifer.” He leaked these 4 emails to Russia Today back in March 2013. The hacked emails were released in Comic Sans font on a pink background with badly drawn letter “G” as a watermark, which may have been why no one took them that seriously at the time.
Three of the emails (first, second, third) from the hack were reported by Clinton to the State Department, and showed her having thought Blumenthal’s suggestions were valuable enough to have been forwarded it several of her aides.
The fourth email, which is only available in the original leak and the one describing Saudi Arabia’s hand in the attacks, was not handed over by Clinton to the State Department.
And the reason is unbelievable. The email from Blumenthal to Clinton was sent on February 16th, 2013. Hillary Clinton stepped down as Secretary of State on February 1st, 2013. It is not a part of her records from her time as Secretary of State. It is not a work-related email.
If you go back to the section where I describe the timeline of Hillary having deleted her emails – this is the quote from her lawyers when she informed Congress that all the emails on her server had been deleted.
“During the fall of 2014, Secretary Clinton’s legal representative reviewed her email@example.com account for the time period from Jan. 21, 2009, through Feb. 1, 2013″
One would think that even if Clinton wasn’t required to turn over this email, that she would have volunteered this, especially since she was still under a 2012 subpoena for all emails specifically regarding Benghazi. Given that, her impassioned outburst during a 2013 Benghazi hearing now comes undone.
“Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided they’d go kill some Americans,” Clinton said. “What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?”
It makes a difference. Because before we didn’t know that the guys out for a walk may have been paid by the same people who are also paying you.
So how do we know that this specific email is missing?
Not only did “Guccifer” release 4 leaked emails, but also a screenshot of Sidney Blumenthal’s AOL inbox (great presence of mind by him to make this available for me).
If we cross reference this screenshot with the State Departments FOIA release of Clinton’s emails, you will notice that the email titled “H: Libya security latest. Sid” – is missing
So there are two explanations for this missing email.
First, it was dubbed as a personal email and deleted with the rest of her personal emails. This qualifies as an obstruction of justice.
Second, this email is in the hands of the State Department because it has either been recovered by the original server, or it is one of the 15 emails turned over by Sidney Blumenthal and has been deemed too classified to release to the public. This would indicate that Blumenthal, a Clinton Foundation employee, was sending highly classified information from his AOL account to the Secretary of State’s private e-mail server even though he never even had a security clearance to deal with such sensitive information in the first place. A violation of US Title 18 Section 793.
During a close-door meeting with Blumenthal, of which the transcript has not been released, GOP investigators have likely referenced this email hack as original evidence that Blumenthal had corresponded with Clinton over Libya. They almost certainly asked him to verify the contents of the hack were the emails he sent to Clinton while she was Secretary of State, including the email sent on February 16th, 2013.
There are likely even more messages in either Blumenthal’s 15 turned over emails or the 22 emails classified by the State Department, which detail the level of involvement from Saudi Arabia, a US ally, in funding the assassination of 4 Americans in Benghazi.
Or God knows what else…
This site claims that WikiLeaks has accessed the remaining trove of Hillary’s emails (as of March 21, 2016) which allegedly reveal details about her role in “spreading chaos and extremism in Libya”, “oil privatization in Mexico”, “trying to overthrow Bashar al-Assad“.