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What Did the Sid Blumenthal Hillary Clinton Hack Expose About the Benghazi Narrative?

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On March 20, 2013 @ 6:36 pm In The Point | 7 Comments

Unlike the Bush hack, which turned up some paintings, the Blumenthal hack has turned up emails between Clinton crony Sid Blumenthal and Hillary Clinton, some involving Benghazi and the situation in the Middle East.

Based on this screenshot and some of the leaked materials published by RT, Sid Blumenthal was sending supposed highly confidential reports to Hillary Clinton.

Furthermore Blumenthal was feeding her material from his infamous son Max Blumenthal, who is not only radically anti-Israel, but has been trying to sell the idea that the “Innocence of Muslims” trailer led to the murder of the Benghazi four.

While it’s not clear whether Hillary Clinton made use of them, it’s doubtful that a pro like Sidney Blumenthal would have been sending large amounts of unsolicited material to Clinton over a long period of time. Not when his likely angle would have been getting a top spot with HRC 2016. Nor was Blumenthal really known for being a big foreign policy expert.

It doesn’t make much sense that Blumenthal would have been forwarding intelligence on Libya, Algeria or Morsi to the Secretary of State. Unless Clinton had been completely shut out of the loop, there were plenty of people in the State Department who could do that for her. As an adviser, albeit still unofficial, Blumenthal would not have been there to feed practical intelligence, just any information that fit into the narrative.

Accordingly we find a memo in which the Libyan President blames the “Innocence of Muslims”, even though most stories quoted him as having provided forewarning of a planned attack well before the video. It’s a version of the story that fits into the familiar Obama Inc. narrative about a spontaneous reaction against Islamophobia, rather than the factual events that took place.

The memos with their Comic Sans font and general look of having come from a 9-year-old girl’s diary, though the content is professional enough, don’t inspire much confidence.

Was Blumenthal trying to remind Hillary that he could be useful? There were better ways of doing that than giving her the kind of material that she could have had access to anyway. But it raises the question to what extent HRC trusted Blumenthal and relied on what he was sending her, either in interpreting events in Libya or in deciding what story was best suited to tell the public about Benghazi before launching her political career.


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