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.
Sid needs a subpoena.
Having destroyed her copies Hillary has no way to refute purported hacked emails detailing all manner of bestiality. (Bwahha ha!)
Frankly, it looks like Hillary was running her own covert intelligence network outside the confines of the US Intelligence Center system.
If she ever had a US clearance, then she should have been required to sign statements regarding her loyalty and commitment to the overall intelligence posture of this country. Running your own unsanctioned network is counterintuitive to that tenet. At the very least, she committed a very serious criminal act IMO.
With all of the wedding planning she had to work on, showers for the bride, invite lists, flowers, etc. Hillary couldn’t have had time to read such emails. And, what difference does it make, at this point? /s
We came, we saw, HE DIED. . .CACKLE, CACKLE, CACKLE!!!
Golly watta treasure trove of valuable intel that someone with a "foundation" could peddle for big buck donations (/smirk).
The entire Clinton Crime Syndicate needs to be indicted on RICO charges. That the Democrats should even consider running her for president marks a new low for this country.
in case you’re lurking
REFERENCE ......though the intel memos 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.
Tyler Drumheller 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.
Likely because of TD and DMC principals’ former IC connections they may have trafficked in classified information or knew of it as being classified. Their former clearance requirements about disclosure and knowledge still remained in effect, as well as Herr Clinton’s duties.
In an apolitical intelligence context, these people would be prosecuted
If not, why not?
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Ol’ Tyler Drumheller’s an interesting character...
You forgot yoga emails!
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