After 11 excruciating hours of Benghazi testimony from former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, the release of another batch of her emails proves her words don’t match up against the electronic record.
Clinton testified that Sidney Blumenthal “was not at all [her] advisor on Libya.” However, she received an email from Blumenthal suggesting a no-fly zone over Libya. Clinton forwarded the email to her staff and ultimately advocated for that same no-fly zone. In another email, Blumenthal shared ideas from Jonathan Powell, a former senior British government adviser to Tony Blair, about Libyan affairs. Clinton pledged to “follow up” on his thoughts.
Clinton testified that not one of the 600 requests for increased safety reached her desk. However, her email records reveal that a message from former ambassador Chris Stevens asking for humanitarian aid did reach her. She testified that “security officials” were in charge of security requests, but the State Department website states:
“The Secretary of State, and by extension, the Chief of Mission (COM), are chargeable for developing and implementing security policies and programs that offer for the protection of all U.S. Government personnel (including concomitant dependents) on official duty abroad.” If she didn’t get the requests, she wasn’t doing her job.
Clinton claimed none of her emails were “marked classified” when she received them. But officials have discovered that 600 to 700 of her emails contained classified information.
Fox News reports: “An intelligence official at home with the review says there’s no such factor as ‘retroactive classification,’ the data is born classified, and also the State Department solely has the right to declassify information it produced.”
The apparent discrepancies between Clinton’s testimony and emails call her credibility into question. These are not minor details about something that happened three years ago and could have been forgotten about. They’re key parts of her life as Secretary of State: who advised her, what emails she received about a terror attack, and whether or not she sent state secrets through her private—unsecured–server.