Skip to comments.Private Emails Reveal SoS Clinton Aide’s Secret Spy Network (nothing about bridesmaid's dresses)
Posted on 03/28/2015 3:56:18 AM PDT by Liz
Updated March 27 to include responses from the FBI and the State Department.
Emails disclosed by a hacker show a close family friend was funneling intelligence about the crisis in Libya directly to the Secretary of States private account starting before the Benghazi attack.
Starting 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 Blumenthals 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 Libyas civil war raged in 2011.
Blumenthals emails to Clinton, which were directed to her private email account, include at least a dozen detailed reports on events on the deteriorating political and security climate in Libya as well as events in other nations. They came to light after a hacker broke into Blumenthals account and have taken on new significance in light of the disclosure that she conducted State Department and personal business exclusively over an email server that she controlled and kept secret from State Department officials and which only recently was discovered by congressional investigators.
The contents of that account are now being sought by a congressional inquiry into the Benghazi attacks. Clinton has handed over more than 30,000 pages of her emails to the State Department, after unilaterally deciding which ones involved government business; the State Department has so far handed almost 900 pages of those over to the committee. A Clinton spokesman told Gawker and ProPublica (which are collaborating on this story) that she has turned over all the emails Blumenthal sent to Clinton.
The dispatches from Blumenthal to Clintons private email address were posted online after Blumenthals account was hacked in 2013 by Romanian hacker Marcel-Lehel Lazar, who went by the name Guccifer. Lazar also broke into accounts belonging to George W. Bushs sister, Colin Powell, and others. Hes now serving a seven-year sentence in his home country and was charged in a U.S. indictment last year.
The contents of the memos, which have recently become the subject of speculation in the right-wing media, raise new questions about how Clinton used her private email account and whether she tapped into an undisclosed back channel for information on Libyas crisis and other foreign policy matters.
Blumenthal, a New Yorker staff writer in the 1990s, became a top aide to President Bill Clinton and worked closely with Hillary Clinton during the fallout from the Whitewater investigation into the Clinton family.
Clinton tried to hire him when she joined President Obamas cabinet in 2009, but White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel reportedly nixed the idea on the grounds Blumenthal was a divisive figure whose attacks on Obama during the Democratic primary had poisoned his relationship with the new administration.
Its unclear who tasked Blumenthal, known for his fierce loyalty to the Clintons, with preparing detailed intelligence briefs. Its also not known who was paying him, or where the operation got its money. The memos were marked confidential and relied in many cases on sensitive sources in the Libyan opposition and Western intelligence and security services. Other reports focused on Egypt, Germany, and Turkey.
Indeed, though they were sent under Blumenthals name, the reports appear to have been gathered and prepared by Tyler Drumheller, a former chief of the CIAs clandestine service in Europe who left the agency in 2005. Since then, he has established a consulting firm called Tyler Drumheller, LLC.
He has also been affiliated with a firm called DMC Worldwide, which he co-founded with Washington, D.C., attorney Danny Murray and former general counsel to the U.S. Capitol Police John Caulfield. DMC Worldwides now-defunct website describes it at as offering innovative security and intelligence solutions to global risks in a changing world.
In one exchange in March 2013, Blumenthal emailed Drumheller, Thanks. Can you send Libya report. Drumheller replied, Here it is, pls do not share it with Cody. I dont want moin speculating on sources. It is on the Maghreb and Libya.
Cody is Cody Shearer, a longtime Clinton family operativehis brother was an ambassador under Bill Clinton and his now-deceased sister is married to Clinton State Department official Strobe Talbottwho was in close contact with Blumenthal.
While its not entirely clear from the documents, Moin may refer to the nickname of Mohamed Mansour El Kikhia, a member of the Kikhia family, a prominent Libyan clan with ties to the Libyan National Transition Council. (An email address in Blumenthals address book, which was also leaked, was associated with his Facebook page.)
Theres no indication in Blumenthals emails whether Clinton read or replied to them before she left State on February 1, 2013, but he was clearly part of a select group with knowledge of the private clintonemail.com address, which was unknown to the public until
Gawker published it this year. They do suggest that she interacted with Blumenthal using the account after she stepped down. H: got your message a few days ago, reads the subject line of one email from Blumenthal to Clinton on February 8, 2013; H: fyi, will continue to send relevant intel, reads another.
The memos cover a wide array of subjects in extreme detail, from German Prime Minister Angela Merkels conversations with her finance minister about French president Francois Hollandemarked THIS INFORMATION COMES FROM AN EXTREMELY SENSITIVE SOURCEto the composition of the newly elected South Korean presidents transition team.
At least 10 of the memos deal in whole or in part with internal Libyan politics and the governments fight against militants, including the status of the Libyan oil industry and the prospects for Western companies to participate.
One memo was sent on August 23, 2012, less than three weeks before Islamic militants stormed the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi. It cites an extremely sensitive source who highlighted a string of bombings and kidnappings of foreign diplomats and aid workers in Tripoli, Benghazi and Misrata, suggesting they were the work of people loyal to late Libyan Prime Minister Muammar Gaddafi.
While the memo doesnt rise to the level of a warning about the safety of U.S. diplomats, it portrays a deteriorating security climate. Clinton noted a few days after the Benghazi attack, which left four dead and 10 people injured, that U.S. intelligence officials didnt have advance knowledge of the threat.
On September 12, 2012, the day after the Benghazi attack, Blumenthal sent a memo that cited a sensitive source saying that the interim Libyan president, Mohammed Yussef el Magariaf, was told by a senior security officer that the assault was inspired by an anti-Muslim video made in the U.S., as well as by allegations from Magariafs political opponents that he had CIA ties.
Blumenthal followed up the next day with an email titled Re: More Magariaf private reax. It said Libyan security officials believed an Islamist radical group called the Ansa al Sharia brigade had prepared the attack a month in advance and took advantage of the cover provided by the demonstrations against the video.
An October 25, 2012 memo says that Magariaf and the Libyan army chief of staff agree that the situation in the country is becoming increasingly dangerous and unmanageable and far worse than Western leaders realize.
Blumenthals email warnings, of course, followed a year of Libyan hawkishness on the part of Clinton. In February of 2011, she told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that "it is time for Gaddafi to go. The next month, after having described Russian reluctance over military intervention as despicable, Clinton met with rebel leaders in Paris and drummed up support for a no-fly zone while in Cairo. On March 17, 2011, the UN Security Council voted to back Libyan rebels against Gaddafi.
Its this buildup, which Clinton still proudly recalled in her 2014 memoir, that Blumenthal appears to join in on 2011. In addition to the intel memos, his emails also disclose that he and his associates worked to help the Libyan opposition, and even plotted to insert operatives on the ground using a private contractor.
A May 14, 2011 email exchange between Blumenthal and Shearer shows that they were negotiating with Drumheller to contract with someone referred to as Grange and the general to place send four operatives on a week-long mission to Tunis, Tunisia, and to the border and back. Tunisia borders Libya and Algeria.
Sid, you are doing great work on this, Drumheller wrote to Blumenthal. It is going to be around $60,000, coverting r/t business class airfare to Tunis, travel in country to the border and back, and other expenses for 710 days for 4 guys.
After Blumenthal forwarded that note to Shearer, he wrote back questioning the cost of the operation. Sid, do you think the general has to send four guys. He told us three guys yesterday, a translator and two other guys. I understand the difficulty of the mission and realize that K will be repaid but I am going to need an itemized budget for these guys.
The general and Grange appear to refer to David L. Grange, a major general in the Army who ran a secret Pentagon special operations unit before retiring in 1999. Grange subsequently founded Osprey Global Solutions, a consulting firm and government contractor that offers logistics, intelligence, security training, armament sales, and other services. The Osprey Foundation, which is a nonprofit arm of Osprey Global Solutions, is listed as one of the State Departments global partners in a 2014 report from the Office of Global Partnerships.
Among the documents in the cache released by Lazar is an August 24, 2011, memorandum of understanding between Osprey Global Solutions and the Libyan National Transition Councilthe entity that took control in the wake of Qadaffis executionagreeing that Osprey will contract with the NTC to assist in the resumption of access to its assets and operations in country and train Libyan forces in intelligence, weaponry, and rule-of-land warfare. The document refers to meetings held in Amman, Jordan between representatives of Osprey and a Mohammad Kikhia, who represented the National Transition Council.
Five months later, according to a document in the leak, Grange wrote on Osprey Global letterhead to Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Shapiro, introducing Osprey as a contractor eager to provide humanitarian and other assistance in Libya. We are keen to support the people of Libya under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Finance and the Libyan Stock Exchange, Grange wrote. Shapiro is a longtime Clinton loyalist; he served on her Senate staff as foreign policy advisor.
Another document in the cache, titled Letter_for_Moin, is an appeal from Drumheller to then-Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan offering the services of Tyler Drumheller LLC, to develop a program that will provide discreet confidential information allowing the appropriate entities in Libya to address any regional and international challenges.
The K who was, according to Shearers email, to be repaid for his role in the Tunisia operation appears to be someone named Khalifa al Sherif, who sent Blumenthal several emails containing up-to-the-minute information on the civil war in Libya, and appears to have been cited as a source in several of the reports.
Contacted by ProPublica and Gawker, Drumhellers attorney and business partner Danny Murray confirmed that Drumheller worked with Blumenthal and was aware of the hacked emails, but declined to comment further.
Shearer said only that "the FBI is involved and told me not to talk. There is a massive investigation of the hack and all the resulting information. The FBI declined to comment.
Blumenthal, Grange, and Kikhia all did not respond to repeated attempts to reach them. Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Clinton had no comment on Blumenthals activities with Drumheller.
Whatever Blumenthal, Shearer, Drumheller, and Grange were up to in 2011, 2012, and 2013 on Clintons behalf, it appears that she could have used the help: According to State Department personnel directories, in 2011 and 2012the height of the Libya crisisState didnt have a Libyan desk officer, and the entire Near Eastern Magreb Bureau, which which covers Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Libya, had just two staffers. Today, State has three Libyan desk officers and 11 people in the Near Eastern Magreb Bureau. A State Department official wouldn't say how many officers were on the desk in 2011, but said there was always "at least one" officer and "sometimes many more, working on Libya."
Reached for comment, a State Department public affairs official who would only speak on background declined to address questions about Blumenthals relationship to Clinton, whether she was aware of the intelligence network, and who if anyone was paying Blumenthal. Asked about the Tunisia-Libya mission, the official replied, There was a trip with the secretary 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." Neither trip involved travelling via Tunis.
Related stories: For more coverage of Hillary Clintons email practices, read about her Top Five Clashes Over Secrecy and Echoes of her Past.
Jeff Gerth is a senior reporter at ProPublica who worked as an investigative reporter at The New York Times. Gerth has twice been awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
nothing about bridesmaid’s dresses?
That sucks. I really wanted to read the e mail thread debating whether Chelsea should wear white for her wedding dress
“It was a disgusting video....”
Methinks she protesteth too much.
It will interesting to see whether these specific emails are among those Hillary has disclosed.
"Smile everybody, Sid did it again. That's another $100 million for the Clinton foundation."
I want to know about the many Clinton advisors using her email server. Beyond Blumenthal, there have been reports of her deputies in the Department using her server, Andrew Shapiro, Huma Abedin, Strobe Talbot, Cody Shearer...
Were their emails erased? It seems as this, “clearly part of a select group with knowledge of the private clintonemail.com address’” work product needs to be produced or Hillary needs to answer to this gap.
For what it is worth, Blumenthal was the target of FReeper wrath years ago and was universally known as Sid Vicious
This insight tells me the whole clinton machine is alive and well paid off books somewhere in the darkness
Sid "Vicious" makes good political theater, a disturbingly angry Clinton True Believer who appears to lust after power while casting an aversion to the limelight. What he and Mrs. Clinton need, however, is an indictment.
I still think she's running for president to stay out of jail, since a Justice Department with integrity already has enough to take to a grand jury.
This seems to show him as a source for the ridiculous video reaction meme, while reporting outright that the regional al Qaida franchise planned to use the video as their cover for an operation in Benghazi and planned all this a month before the murders.
Sociopath of State/OUT-OF-CONTROL executive branch BUMP!
HILLARY SUPPOSEDLY WIPED HER SERVER CLEAN
HOWEVER, THE NYT REPORTED 3/27/15: Clintons review (and erasing?) of her emails did not occur when she was secretary of state or even shortly after she left office. Last October, nearly two years after she left office, the State Department sent her a letter requesting all government records, like emails, she may have possessed. In response, she provided the State Department in December with about 30,000 printed emails that she said were government records. She has said that an additional 30,000 emails were personal.
It appears Clinton still has copies of the emails she deemed public records. Attached to Mr. Kendalls letter was one sent to him by the State Department this week. A letter from the under secretary of state for management, Patrick F. Kennedy, said that the department understood that she wanted to keep copies of those documents. Mr. Kennedy said that the agency had consulted with the National Archives, and that allowing her access to the documents is in the public interest as it will promote informed discussion as she responds to congressional and other inquiries.
A lot of money’s missing from the state dept
I think the video at most was just the “go signal” for the riots all over the globe that served as a diversion from the real attack in Benghazi, and the US fell for it, took its eye off the ball.
Looks like Hillary is the queen of shadowy things...
Don't Tarry, Trey.....don't be a Darrell Issa.
BINGO......and the State Dept is missing BILLIONS!!!
Red Statements ^ | March 19, 2015 | BY Steven Ahle / FR posted (hat tip to QT3.14)
Sen Chuck Grassley has written two letter to the State Dept. concerning a special arrangement for Huma Abedin, Hillarys closest adviser. At the same time Abedin worked for the State Dept, she also worked for a company called Teneo. For those of you who dont know it, Teneo bills itself as an expert in helping your company get government contracts. Can you see the obvious conflict of interest here? The Senate is trying to find out if Teneos clients received government grants and if they did, was Abedin and or Hillary involved? Abedin also had a private email account that ran off Hillarys server.
Here are the highlights of that letter: I am writing to follow up on inquiries I have been making since June 13, 2013 and August 15, 2013 regarding the State Departments use of Special Government Employee (SGE) designations, and in particular, what steps the Department took to ensure that Ms. Huma Abedins outside employment with a political intelligence and corporate advisory firm did not conflict with her simultaneous employment at the State Department. I thank the Department for its responses to my inquiries made June 13, 2013 and August 15, 2013. However, to date, the Departments answers have been largely unresponsive.
By way of example, I have still not received the records relating to communications between the State Department and Ms. Abedins other employer, Teneo. Nor has the Department provided records of communications between the State Department and any clients or entities represented by Teneo. The Department has also failed to provide any email communications between Ms. Abedin and Teneo or Teneos clients.
The State Departments November 14, 2014 response to my inquiries, stated, Based on an internal review, the Department has never had any contracts with Teneo. But that is not responsive to my request, and it does not mean that communications between full-time Department employees, or SGEs, and Teneo, or clients of Teneo, do not exist.
Here is a list of 20 pieces of evidence Grassley is asking for:
1. What steps has the State Department taken to comply with my June 13, 2013 request?
2. Please provide the names of all current or former State Department employees within the Secretarys office who used, or continue to use, private e-mail addresses to conduct State Department business.
3. Please provide the names of all current or former State Department employees who used, or continue to use, private e-mail addresses on Secretary Clintons non-government email server.
4. How will the State Department ensure that all of the individuals referenced in the answers to questions 2 and 3 above provide all their contacts with Teneo or with clients of Teneo? Please provide the detailed steps that the State Department will take to ensure compliance.
5. Ms. Abedins simultaneous employment with Teneo, a private company, and the State Department raises serious ethics and conflicts concerns. Did Ms. Abedin conduct Teneo business through her non-government e-mail account reportedly on Secretary Clintons personal server?
6. The State Departments July 17, 2013 response states that Ms. Abedin required a security clearance for her work. Can the Department verify that she did not send or receive any classified information via the non-government e-mail account she reportedly used on Secretary Clintons personal server? If so, please explain how.
7. In Ms. Abedins July 5, 2013 letter she stated that she was specifically tasked with supervising the Secretarys schedule and travel. Was planning Secretary Clintons travel performed on a non-government email account?
8. Did Secretary Clinton prepare an inventory of unclassified papers and nonrecord materials to the State Department prior to departure? Did Ms. Abedin do the same?
9. Did Secretary Clinton prepare an inventory of classified papers and materials to the State Department prior to departure? Did Ms. Abedin do the same?
10. Did Secretary Clinton request a review of any materials proposed for removal? Did Ms. Abedin do the same?
11. Did a State Department official review the entirety of Secretary Clintons email server prior to Secretary Clinton deleting any emails?
12. Did Ms. Abedin delete any work-related emails from Secretary Clintons server?
13. Did a State Department official notify Secretary Clinton regarding her obligations to preserve written and typed material? Was such a notice provided to Ms. Abedin?
14. Were the unclassified documents authorized to be removed from Secretary Clintons personal server by the State Department? If so, please provide the authorizing document and name of authorizing official(s).
15. State Department spokesperson Jennifer Psaki was recently asked whether Secretary Clinton signed a separation statement acknowledging proper surrender of classified and unclassified material to State Department officials as required by the State Department Records Management manual to which she stated, We are fairly certain that she didnt [sign the form] or we would have record of it, and Ms. Psaki also noted that recent secretaries of state have not signed the form either. Can you confirm that Secretary Clinton, and previous secretaries of state, did not sign a separation statement? If so, why have they not been required to do so? Did Ms. Abedin sign such a statement? If so, please provide a copy. If not, why was she not required to do so?
16. Please provide records of all communications by State Department SGEs who have used private e-mail addresses from 2005 to the present.
17. Did the Department consider any other candidates besides Ms. Abedin for the expert position requiring expert knowledge on policy, administrative, and other matters? If so, please provide the supporting documentation. If not, why not?
18. Please provide any other instances in which a State Department employee converted from a regular, full-time position to an SGE, and subsequently became employed by a private company.
19. Please provide the work papers, background documents, and/or emails that concluded that Ms. Abedins employment as an SGE did not present any ethical concerns or conflicts of interest with her multiple private sector jobs.
20. Was Ms. Abedin reminded before her departure from government employment about her obligations in preserving her email communications and records? If so, please identify the persons who did so and the supporting documentation.
(Excerpt) Read more at redstatements.co ...http://redstatements.co/now-huma-abedin-is-being-scrutinized-for-possible- corruption/
Huma Abedin, reportedly had private email addresses on the Clintons' private email server system.
(BTW, did Huma sign separation forms when she left the State Department, certifying, under penalty, that she had no classified into in her possession when she left state?)
Maybe Hillary didn't pay him in MONEY, but she COULD have paid him in CLASSIFED INFO that HE COULD SELL TO OTHERS!!!
Tyler Drumheller's editor is Philip Turner who is also associated with former ambassador to Gabon Joe Wilson & leftwingnut Murray Waas.
Drumheller was sourced in Jame's Risen's writings involving claims of "torture" by the US and eavesdropping by the NSA.
Drumheller was head of covert ops in Europe until he retired. As we know, al Qaeda's biggest cells successfully operated right under his nose, as did Iraq's intel services. 18 posted on 5/4/2010 9:17:53 PM by piasa
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