In the never ending saga of the Hillary Clinton emails, where they’ve been and what is in them, Michael Schmidt of the New York Times got a sneak peak at what of them was provided to the Special Committee on Benghazi via the State Department. The information is not top secret or classified by any means, but it is sensitive, and it does reinforce the reports from two years ago that Hillary Clinton was running a separate and private intelligence service away from official channels.
From 2011 to 2012, Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime friend and confidant who was a senior adviser to Mrs. Clinton during her 2008 presidential campaign, sent her at least 25 memos about Libya, including several about the Benghazi attacks. Mrs. Clinton forwarded most of them to Jake Sullivan, her trusted foreign policy adviser. Mr. Sullivan would then send the memos along to other senior State Department officials, asking for their feedback.
The State Department and other Obama Administration officials never knew that the information came from Blumenthal (who had been banned by the White House from working under Hillary Clinton at State), and his contacts in Libya. That was kept from them. But, what is interesting is that the idea that the attack at Benghazi on September 11, 2012, was the result of anger related to a video as opposed to a planned attack as the Department of Defense claims, may well have come from one of these communications.
The day after the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on American outposts in Benghazi that killed Mr. Stevens and three other Americans, Mr. Blumenthal sent Mrs. Clinton a memo with his intelligence about what had occurred. The memo said the attacks were by “demonstrators” who “were inspired by what many devout Libyan viewed as a sacrilegious internet video on the prophet Mohammed originating in America.” Mrs. Clinton forwarded the memo to Mr. Sullivan, saying “More info.”
Given that former Deputy Director of the CIA, Michael Morrell, claims that the “good” foreign intelligence agencies would have Mrs. Clinton’s emails since they were going through an unsecured server, it’s a good bet this information went to all and sundry including a whole bunch of CIA analysts.
Officially, Blumenthal worked for the Clinton Foundation. Unofficially, he was working intelligence contacts within Libya at the time of the Benghazi attack. Why is anyone’s guess. It may well be true that the people who attacked the consulate that night in Benghazi used a demonstration over a video as a cover, but the whole story of where the video supposition came is starting to unravel, and all from a special category of information called “sensitive, but unclassified” found among the documents in Hillary Clinton’s private email. (Of course it wasn’t classified. The source didn’t work for the government.)