Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi Emails Released by State Department

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Emails offer window on Clinton’s handling of Libya crisis.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top aides to former U.S. The State Department released nearly 300 emails that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent and received in the aftermath of the September 2012 attacks on an American diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya. It could be seen as another bump in the road for Clinton’s presidential campaign, and it probably doesn’t help that the release of the first batch of emails came around 12:30 p.m., just as Americans were beginning Memorial Day weekend, a news cycle with fewer people paying attention. Clinton’s aides were not alarmed by Susan Rice’s now infamous appearances on the Sunday shows in the days after the Benghazi attacks in September 2012, emails released Friday show.

Following the Friday release, The Wall Street Journal invited readers to dive into the trove of hundreds of emails and rate them with tagged keywords, ranging from boring to surprising. Yet even this twice cherry-picked dossier—with a focus on the 2011-2012 Libya crisis—is revealing about the kind of operation she was running at Foggy Bottom. But the roughly 850 pages offer a glimpse into a turbulent chapter in U.S. foreign policy before and after the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans. In a September 2012 email to Clinton, top aide Jake Sullivan told her another Obama administration official, Susan Rice, stumbled in an appearance on ABC’s Sunday news show “This Week.” Rice was criticized for insisting the Benghazi attack was spurred by Libyan street protests over an anti-Muslim video and not planned by al-Qaida-inspired militants. And I’m going to keep talking to my old friends, whoever they are.” Clinton is right: Leaders need people to give them honest advice, and those people are often not in government.

They also provide a window into Clinton’s interactions with administration officials, albeit a limited one since many of her own emails are relatively curt. Rice was chosen to represent the Obama administration on the five major Sunday morning talk shows where she described the deadly attacks as a “spontaneous” response to an anti-Islamic video. In the pre-Memorial Day weekend news dump, long-time Clinton plumber Sidney Blumenthal plays Maxwell Smart, passing along intel on Benghazi from half a world away. But there was immediate controversy, because information contained in one email relating to reports of arrest of possible suspects has now been redacted, classified as “secret” at the request of the FBI.

Those statements would later be called into question when the administration acknowledged that the attacks seemed to have been planned and carried out by a terrorist group. (Here are transcripts of Ms. He had not been in Benghazi even a month, when on April 24, 2011, an email was forwarded to Clinton by her aide Huma Abedin expressing concern about the Benghazi security situation. The move shows Clinton received information considered sensitive on her unsecured personal server. “I’m aware the FBI asked one portion of one email to be held back, but that doesn’t change the fact that all of the information in the emails was handled appropriately,” Clinton said. White House spokesman Josh Earnest was asked if the material should have been classified earlier and whether it should have been on a classified government server, not an unsecured one in Clinton’s home. “That’s not at all a judgment I can make. Clinton often circulates the memos among her top diplomats with comments like “useful insight” and “very interesting,” and they would often then push them down the chain of command, without identifying the source.

My 80 year old mother called from LA to say, ‘She was like our rock of Gibraltar.’” Long a focus of Republican investigators in Congress, accusations that Clinton was negligent on Benghazi are putting her under more intense scrutiny now that she is running for the Democratic Party nomination in the 2016 presidential election. This was a judgment that was made by the FBI recently in light of more recent events, even though the email was, as we know, three years old,’ Earnest said. “To assume a self-selected public record is complete, when no one with a duty or responsibility to the public had the ability to take part in the selection, requires a leap in logic no impartial reviewer should be required to make,” said Rep Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the head of the House committee investigating Benghazi. Will keep you posted.” The emails also include discussion of how deeply Washington should get involved in supporting rebels seeking to depose Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Rice’s appearances raised was when she suggested that “what transpired in Benghazi might have unfolded differently in different circumstances” on CNN.

President Obama says he had to come to accept that there is both the Barack Obama who he recognizes in the mirror each morning and the “Barack Obama” who is the public figure who is attacked and used for public consumption and debate. On April 1, 2011, Clinton asked a former top State Department official, Anne-Marie Slaughter, why she doubted that the Libyan rebels should be armed: “Why are you dubious?” Slaughter replied that it was because “sending more arms into a society generally – particularly when they are as disorganized and fragmented as they are – will result in more violence – against each other.” As of April 2012, Clinton’s staff thought they could tout her role in Libya as a diplomatic triumph. She had the entire State Department intelligence division at her disposal, known as the Bureau of Intelligence and Research or INR, and presumably had access to the 16 other U.S. agencies that make up the intelligence community. Clinton or her aides have deleted another 30,000 emails which she has termed as personal from the same private account, causing Republicans in Congress to accuse her of picking and choosing what she wants to make public. An April 4, 2012, email from Sullivan provides a lengthy chronology of “Secretary Clinton’s leadership on Libya,” stating: ”HRC has been a critical voice on Libya in … securing the authorization, building the coalition and tightening the noose” around Gaddafi’s regime.

Or, when the importance of the office encourages pride or arrogance, a friend is the fastest way to ground a leader by reminding him of the initial values he once held. Instead of protecting leaders from the excessive demands of the job, old friends and confidants collude with the leader in creating a bubble that leads to self-anesthetization. I apologize, both for my language and for my tone.” Hastings thanked Reines for the note and added, “in the interest of diplomacy and extending an olive branch: we should get a drink sometime, off the record.” Somehow we doubt the distinguished likes of Dean Acheson or George Shultz were taking the measure of Moscow on the counsel of amateur stringers dabbling in Kremlinology and sending hearsay over the transom.

Setting it up was an end run around the rules, and it was facilitated by keepers of the bubble in the service of maintaining the bubble. (It was set up before Hillary Clinton was an official member of the cabinet). Clinton didn’t wipe her server herself, and she didn’t go through all 60,000 emails making determinations about which ones to keep and which ones to discard. Blumenthal even does a cameo on the terrorist assaults on the Benghazi diplomatic mission and CIA annex that killed four Americans including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. The department made releasing the Benghazi emails a priority because they were already the subject of a congressional investigation into the 2012 attacks. Blumenthal recanted and explained that the attack had been orchestrated by al Qaeda affiliate Ansar al-Sharia. “We should get this around asap,” Mrs.

Gowdy said the emails were “self-selected” for release and reiterated his call for the former secretary to turn over her email server to the committee. The “State Department transferred 300 messages exclusively reviewed and released by her own lawyers,” he said. “These lawyers, it must be noted, owed and continue to owe a fiduciary responsibility to Secretary Clinton to protect her interests.

The other complexity with the Blumenthal correspondence is that he was reportedly advising a group of entrepreneurs trying to win business from the Libyan transitional government. Clinton (“hrod17@clintonemail.com”) suggests that “The idea of using private security experts to arm the opposition should be considered.” This line was redacted by State. For a candidate who has had to maintain and rely on a close ring of associates to help her manage public life for more than 20 years, Hillary Clinton faces more bubbles than perhaps anyone who has run for president before. Clinton also seems to have had sensitive, if not classified, information on her email like the location and travel schedules of U.S. security officials.

The Southern Gothic novel that is Clinton family political history—with its melodrama, betrayals and paranoia—has left them dependent on insular loyalists like Mr.

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