Fact check: Clinton’s ‘secret’ email accounts

23 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

As Benghazi compound smoldered, Hillary Clinton couldn’t remember the name of her dead ambassador to Libya.

Among the nearly 900 pages of Hillary Clinton’s emails the U.S. After months of review, the administration published messages Clinton exchanged about the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, with her colleagues and friends while she was secretary of state.Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to child care workers during a visit to the Center For New Horizons Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Chicago. (M.The Koch brothers organization on Friday blasted Hillary Clinton’s support for the Export-Import Bank, previewing a potentially rancorous and expensive fight between the leading Democratic presidential candidate and the deepest pocketed network of donors on the right. State Department released on Friday is one that indicates she may have been confused, exhausted or careless on the September 2012 night when four Americans died in a Benghazi, Libya terror attack.

Those memos contained none of the evidence to bolster critics who say she withheld security for the U.S. outpost there or deliberately misled the public about the ties between the attackers and al-Qaeda terrorists. The e-mails from Clinton’s personal e-mail account made public by the State Department do not appear to contain any revelations that could badly damage her bid for the presidency in 2016 or provide fodder for Republicans who accuse her of being negligent before the Benghazi attacks.

The issue of reauthorizing the once little-known export credit agency is getting a lot of attention on the campaign trail, with the bank’s charter set to expire June 30 and Republican presidential candidates and members of Congress under pressure from influential conservative groups including those in the Koch network to oppose it. As U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other personnel lay dead and America’s diplomatic outpost there lay in smoldering ruins, Clinton asked her three closest aides for advice about how to announce the death of ‘Chris Smith.’ That name – the wrong one – was the subject line of the email Clinton sent them as night turned to day in Libya and the full extent of the Islamist terror attack was becoming apparent. A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers on Friday in a packed Shi’ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and the health minister said, the first attack in the kingdom to be claimed by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militants. For Clinton, who is still trying to win over the Elizabeth Warren wing of the party, it offers her the chance to energize wary liberals by going on the offense against the Kochs, a favorite boogeyman of the left.

These documents represent the first release of tens of thousands of pages of email, which Clinton stored on a private server before handing them over to the federal government last year. Cheryl Mills, then Clinton’s chief of staff, replied to her and others on the chain – deputy chief of staff Jake Sullivan and agency spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.

That’s a problem for Clinton because she said the private e-mail address she chose to use while secretary was never the vehicle for classified information. It was one of the deadliest assaults in recent years in the largest Gulf Arab country, where sectarian tensions have been frayed by nearly two months of Saudi-led air strikes on Shi’ite Houthi rebels in neighbouring Yemen. The former secretary of state noted in testimony before a Senate committee in 2013 that she was in her office with staff late into the night as the events in Benghazi were playing out.

For the Kochs and their network, it’s a chance to elevate a pet issue while engaging in the presidential race at a time when its legions of rich donors remain divided over which GOP candidate to back. A video posted online showed a hall filled with smoke and dust, with bloodied people moaning with pain as they lay on the floor littered with concrete and glass. Clinton during a Friday afternoon roundtable at the Smuttynose Brewery Co. in New Hampshire, criticized Republicans for targeting the bank and risking up to 164,000 jobs supported through its programs at the behest of “the tea party and talk radio.” “Should your tax dollars fund foreign companies? In a statement, the South Carolina Republican trashed this partial disclosure as a handful of “self-selected emails” that was “reviewed and released” by lawyers who owe a “fiduciary responsibility to Secretary Clinton”. A young Russian woman accidentally shot herself in the head with a pistol while posing for a selfie, Russian news agencies reported Friday, citing police.

A few ‘good Samaritans among the hordes of looters and bystanders,’ as a State Department review later described them, took his lifeless body from the Benghazi compound and to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead from smoke inhalation. The 21-year-old found a 9mm handgun left behind by a security guard at her Moscow office and decided to pose for a photograph holding it, a police spokesman told Interfax news agency. Kobe Bryant will make next season his last with the Los Angeles Lakers after 20 years that have produced five NBA titles, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. The information was not classified at the time the email was sent but was upgraded from “unclassified” to “secret” on Friday at the request of the FBI, according to State Department officials. The 36-year-old guard has played for the Lakers for his entire NBA career, but has been nagged by injuries in recent seasons and unable to display the form that made him a 17-time All-Star, two-time NBA scoring champion and two-time Olympic champion.

In other comments that Sullivan shared with Stevens, the source — whom other emails in Friday’s release confirm to be Sidney Blumenthal, a former Clinton White House adviser — describes Libya’s shifting political circumstances as a “chaotic situation.” In his response to Sullivan, Stevens detailed a tour of Libya’s new parliament building with Sen. They said 23 words of the 18 November 2012 message were redacted from the day’s release of 296 emails, totaling 896 pages, to protect information that could damage foreign relations.

While the FBI has now upgraded information in that e-mail to classified,“the occurrence of a subsequent upgrade does not mean anyone did anything wrong,” she said. A huge sculpture called Coloring Book by American artist Jeff Koons sold for 12 million euros (S$17.7 million) at a star-studded charity auction near Cannes that raised more than 33 million euros for Aids research. Sienna Miller, Jake Gyllenhaal, Diane Kruger, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard were among the celebrities and millionaires at the annual amfAR “Cinema Against Aids” event on Thursday night at the luxury Hotel de Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes. However, he also characterized the atmosphere in Tripoli, Libya, as “festive.” “The gov’t declared today a holiday and people are driving around honking and waving flags and making peace sign gestures,” Stevens wrote. “We visited several polling stations where we found people patiently waiting in lines (gender segregated) McCain was applauded and thanked for his support wherever we went.” Sullivan forwarded that email to Clinton. At the gala, a highlight during the annual Cannes Film Festival, a work by British street artist Banksy, donated by actor Leonardo DiCaprio, fetched more than a signed Picasso.

The 296 e-mails posted on a department website are a fraction of more than 30,000 work-related messages Clinton turned over from her private e-mail server. The e-mails released show the initial outpouring of support for how Clinton handled the events from friends, former officials and, even, sometimes foes such as Arizona Senator John McCain, a Republican. These that are being released today have been in the committee jurisdiction, they were given to the committee some months ago and now finally those are getting released,” she said.

They also show Clinton closely watching how the deaths were covered and discussed in the media, and attuned to whether they could provide political fodder to Republicans. I want the American people to learn as much as we can about the work that I did.” Clinton first addressed the issue in March, shortly after transparency concerns were raised following reports that she used only a personal email account to conduct government business. Many of the e-mails were sent from long-time Clinton friend and adviser Sidney Blumenthal, who was also helping American businessmen looking for government contracts in Libya. Citing what he called secret sources in the country, Blumenthal initially said the attacks were spontaneous, but two days later sent a detailed memo that said terrorists had been planning the assault for a month, and then took advantage of the demonstrations as a cover.

As media reports began to criticize the protection afforded the U.S. complex, and Republicans said that the Obama administration was deliberately downplaying the links between terrorists and the attacks, the e-mails show that Clinton’s staff prepared a detailed list of all of her statements about Benghazi, and reviewed the disputed comments from then United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice on television news shows the week after the assault. “You never said spontaneous or characterized the motives, in fact you were careful in your first statement to say we were assessing motive and method,” Sullivan wrote in an e-mail on Sept. 24.

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