Likely the greatest contemporary political baffling has been solved due to the release of Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s private emails, according to CNS News on Friday. As one remembers, Clinton – as secretary of state – and others at the White House in 2012 were heavily criticized for having instilled the notion on the American people that the terrorist attack in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012 were due to some YouTube video. It was a false narrative which many refused to believe at the time – and rightly so.
While many said that given the date – on the anniversary of 9-11 – and given the attackers, it was obviously a terrorist attack. But Clinton and others insisted for two days after the deadly attack which killed four Americans – including Libya Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens – that it was all part of a demonstration over an anti-Islam YouTube video. Now, with the release of some of Clinton’s private account emails from her own server – which caused a scandal of its own – the source of that false narrative has been revealed.
According to the emails, the false narrative that exploded over the attack on the U.S. Benghazi consulate on Sept. 11, 2012 came from Sidney Blumenthal. The emails which have been obtained by the New York Times prove that it was Blumenthal – a former journalist and longtime confidante of both Bill and Hillary Clinton who informed Mrs. Clinton that it was all about that video. Based on the information Mrs. Clinton received via email from Blumenthal, she asserted in her remarks at the U.S.-Morocco Strategic Dialogue on Sept. 13, 2012, that a demonstration over an anti-Islam YouTube video ignited the attack. More and more of this is becoming evident as more of Clinton’s private emails are revealed.
Back then, Blumenthal reportedly had been communicating privately with the then-secretary of state a great deal. Their communications were about Libya. Libya is where Blumenthal had various sources of intelligence and he was advising a group of potential investors there. The day after the attack, on Sept. 12, 2012, Blumenthal wrote to Clinton that the attacks were by demonstrators who were inspired by what many devout Libyans viewed as a sacrilegious Internet video on the prophet Mohammed which originated in America – even though the video had been around online for a very long time. Without hesitation, Mrs. Clinton forwarded Blumenthal’s message to others at the State Department.
Disturbingly, Blumenthal restated and updated the situation to Mrs. Clinton in emails dated September 13. In those emails, he clearly communicated that members of Ansar al-Shariah, the Libyan terrorist group with ties to al-Qaeda, had planned the attacks for a month and had used a nearby protest as cover. Yet, Mrs. Clinton continued with the false narrative for many days to follow, says Politico.
The White House, as we now know, used that false narrative for two weeks leading up to the election of 2012. As far advanced as Sept. 25, 2012, Obama was still making the false claim when giving a speech to the U.N. General Assembly. Also, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice appeared on five national talk shows spewing the false narrative on Sept. 16, 2012 which has become the center of controversy to this day. It has been suggested that Rice had to have known, by Sept. 16, that the video was not the source of the violence but yet asserted that the Benghazi attack was a direct result of a “heinous and offensive video” in an effort to keep the terrorist attack out of the news cycle for President Barack Obama as the election neared. A terrorist attack just before the election – labeled as such – was seen as extremely harmful to Obama’s chances of defeating Mitt Romney and Obama’s being reelected.
As for Blumenthal, Politico is reporting that he was paid $10,000 a month for his advice on Libya to Mrs. Clinton via the Clinton Foundation. Officials at the Foundation at the time were said to be not content that he was hired via favoritism from Bill and Hillary Clinton. Additionally, he has quite appropriately been subpoenaed to appear before the House Select Committee to Investigate Benghazi at this time. Blumenthal says he will appear as instructed.
Unfortunate for Blumenthal, according to the Atlantic, his name has become synonymous for what many Americans don’t like about the Clintons – and their foundation. As a result of the ongoing investigation into the Benghazi attacks of nearly four years ago, Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina who chairs the committee is being credited for continually attempting to get to the truth of the Benghazi attack and even more to the truth about the cover-up involving then-Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and the White House that followed.