The Hill: Hillary’s E-Mails

Today, the internet publication The Hill weeded out some of the recently-released e-mails from Hillary Clinton.  Below are summaries of e-mails about Benghazi.  As best this website – OK, Fine – can tell, there doesn’t appear to be anything out of the ordinary.

March 27, 2011: Huma Abedin, an aide and confidante, emails Clinton about special envoy Stevens’s mission to Benghazi. She says the goal would be to “lay the groundwork for a stay of up to 30 days,” according to a State official, by meeting with the Transitional National Council (TNC), the group that was fighting to oust Moammar Gadhafi.

April 8, 2011: Clinton receives an update from her team on Stevens’s trip. He met with TNC officials, who have “frustration with the lack of coordination with NATO.” Clinton’s chief foreign policy aide, Jake Sullivan, forwards the chain to Clinton with his recommendation that they dispatch a NATO liaison to work with the rebels.

April 11, 2011: Abedin forwards Clinton an email with the subject “Stevens Update (Important),” which says Stevens is debating leaving the Libyan city because of the fighting between Gadhafi and the rebels. Abedin fears such a departure would signal the U.S. was “losing confidence in the TNC.”

April 24, 2011: With attacks on hotels increasing, Stevens tells State he will formally request more security at his hotel, although he still “feels comfortable.”

June 10, 2011: Sullivan emails Clinton to tell her there’s a “credible threat” against Stevens’s hotel and that officials from the Bureau of Diplomatic Security will evacuate U.S. personnel.

Aug. 22, 2011: Cheryl Mills, a longtime aide, forwards a draft of a memo by Sullivan that outlines Clinton’s role in the U.S. government’s work in Libya. Referring to Clinton as the “public face of the U.S. effort in Libya,” the memo runs down her official actions to help support the ouster of Gadhafi. That memo appears to be finalized in April 2012.

Sept. 11, 2012: After the initial news of the Benghazi attacks, Clinton receives an email from an aide at 10:41 p.m. saying then-national security adviser Tom Donilon “wants to speak with you secure … He would like to speak with you asap as he is leaving shortly.”

Less than an hour later, after confirming Stevens’s death with the Libyans, Clinton sends a message titled “Chris Smith” to aides asking when the department should make an announcement. Sean Smith, an agency employee, also died in the attacks.

Sept. 12, 2012, at 12:50 a.m.: Clinton confidant and former aide Sidney Blumenthal emails her a memo that blames the attack on a “what many devout Libyan viewed as a sacrilegious internet video on the prophet Mohammed originating in America.” He follows up with a new email that said Benghazi was a terrorist attack.

Sept. 12, 2012, at 7:29 a.m.: Clinton receives a copy of the statement that she will deliver on the Benghazi attacks. The remarks blame “heavily armed militants” and argue that the deaths should not distract from America’s relationship with Libya.

Sept. 122012, at 10:43 am: President Obama condemns the attacks from the Rose Garden. “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation,” he says.

Sept. 14 to 152012: State Department, White House and intelligence officials work on talking points to give to lawmakers and others about the attacks. The final version of the talking points list says the attacks were “spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the U.S. diplomatic post and subsequently its annex.”  The emails also state, “extremists participated in the violent demonstrations.”

Sept. 162012: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, rather than Clinton, appears on all five Sunday news shows to deliver the administration’s message on Benghazi. The talking points later fuel questions from GOP lawmakers about whether Rice tried to mislead the American people about whether Benghazi was a terrorist attack.

Sept. 30, 2012: Sullivan seeks to assure Clinton that she hadn’t attributed the deadly assault to demonstrators.

“Attached is full compilation,” Sullivan writes while including copies of all Clinton’s public statements in the immediate wake of the attacks. “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. The way you treated the video in the Libya context was to say that some sought to *justify* the attack on that basis.”

Nov. 18, 2012: Sullivan forwards Clinton a discussion about reports that Libyans have arrested Benghazi suspects. That emails chain includes information that the FBI redacted from the public documents.

Nov. 26, 2012: Mills chimes in on an email from the previous week that expressed concern within the State Department over how a series of talking points describing the attack was being received on Capitol Hill and elsewhere.

Dec. 20, 2012: Clinton skips a congressional hearing on the Benghazi attacks after suffering a concussion in a fall.

“I’m so sorry that I cannot be on the Hill today as we had long planned, but very grateful that you both will be. The State Department and I appreciate your leadership everyday,” the then-secretary writes to Bill Burns and Tom Nides, two State officials who agreed to appear in her stead.

“I’ll be nursing my cracked head and cheering you on as you ‘remain calm and carry on.’

(Updated article)

Video Shows Egyptian In Libya Becoming A Suicide Bomber

A four-minute video shows a young man identified as Mosa’ab el Mohager in the back of a car, driving near the outskirts of Benghazi.

It ends with a shot of a distant explosion, which was supposedly the explosion of the young man carrying out a “martyrdom operation” in the name of the local Libyan branch of ISIS.

“We, unfortunately, are likely to see more and more of these tapes,” said Khaled Masouri, a 27-year-old Egyptian teacher who recently returned to Cairo from a year-long teaching project in Libya. “There are many Egyptians flocking to these jihadi groups.”

Thousands of Egyptians are estimated to be fighting with ISIS in Iraq and Syria, states BuzzFeed.

Egypt’s military has openly bombed ISIS targets in Libya.

However, Egyptian officials fear that thousands more Egyptioans could join the ISIS militants that it’s attacking, in a country that it shares a long, porous border with.

More here

Little Evidence Of “Stand Down” Claim In Benghazi


Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committe, said lawmakers never came across evidence indicating the station chief had told his team to “stand down” and stop a rescue mission during the 2012 attack at Benghazi, Libya.   

Five security contractors made the allegation in a new book, accusing the CIA station chief of delaying a rescue mission.

Contractors and security officers told the House committee about 25 minutes passed between learning about the attack and the time the security contractors departed for their rescue mission, Ruppersberger said.

“After interviewing these individuals, including those writing the book, and all of the others on the ground that night, both Republicans and Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded that there was not, in fact, an order to stand down and no evidence was found to support such a claim,” Ruppersberger said.

He noted that a high-ranking CIA official told the committee the outcome could have been worse if the rescue team had tried to act sooner.

Ruppersberger said the U.S. officials in charge of the CIA annex deliberated “thoughtfully, reasonably and quickly” about whether the rescue team should wait for further security.


Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said Friday “There are still facts to learn about Benghazi and information that needs to be explained in greater detail to the American people. And this Committee will do just that,” he said.

Huff Post Lists Number of Benghazi Investigations

According to the Huffington Post, over the last 20 months, the facts and circumstances surrounding Benghazi have received unprecedented scrutiny.

Not including the current select committee hearings:

• 9 different House and Senate committees have already investigated the attacks
• 13 hearings have been conducted
• 50 briefings have taken place
• 25 transcribed interviews have been conducted
• 8 subpoenas have been issued
• more than 25,000 pages of documents have been reviewed
• 6 congressional reports have been released