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NYT: Clinton Emails Show Obama Was Warned Early of Terror Link in Benghazi

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By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 04:29 PM

Even as Obama administration officials blamed the 2012 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, on a U.S.-made film mocking the Prophet Mohammed, they should have  known that a terrorist group with ties to al-Qaida was thought to be behind the attack.

That's because an email was sent by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — via her foreign policy adviser — just days after the attack informing them of that possibility, The New York Times reported.

That revelation comes from a selection of Clinton's private account emails — which the Times reviewed — that are soon to be among the 850 pages released by the State Department. That first batch was drawn from 55,000 pages, focusing primarily on Libya, and is now in the hands of the special House committee investigating the attack that caused the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans,  the Times said.

The Times, which obtained about one third of the 850 emails for its review, also said it found that Clinton, who used her private email account while working as secretary of state, did not receive classified information via emails. She did, however, receive "some" emails with information deemed "sensitive but unclassified," or SBU.

For example, one email about a year and a half before the Benghazi attack, marked SBU, gave Stevens' location as he and others were hurrying to close up business and prepare to depart Libya during the 2011 revolution which overthrew and eventually killed Libyan strongman Muammar Gadaffi, the Times said.

The SBU email, to Clinton from her top aide Huma Abedin, reads: "The envoy’s delegation is currently doing a phased checkout (paying the hotel bills, moving some comms to the boat, etc.). He will monitor the situation to see if it deteriorates further, but no decision has been made on departure. He will wait 2-3 more hours, then revisit the decision on departure," the Times reported.

Out of about 25 emails sent to Clinton by longtime Clinton supporter and journalist Sidney Blumenthal was a message sent the day after the Benghazi attack, saying the demonstrators "were inspired by what many devout Libyan viewed as a sacrilegious internet video on the prophet Mohammed originating in America," the Times also reported.

However, the very next day, on Sept. 13, Blumenthal sent Clinton another memo, quoting "sensitive sources" inside Libya, and saying the attack was planned for a month by Ansar al-Shariah, a Libyan terrorist group tied to al-Qaida, who had used a nearby protest as cover for the siege.

Both memos were forwarded by Clinton to her foreign policy adviser Jake Sullivan, and Clinton sent the Sept. 13 email  with the instructions to "get this around asap," the Times said.

The Times added: "That information contradicted the Obama administration’s narrative at the time about what had spawned the attacks. Republicans have said the administration misled the country about the attacks because it did not want to undermine the notion that President Obama, who was up for re-election, was winning the war on terrorists."

The 55,000 pages cover 30,000 emails from Clinton's personal account turned over to the State Department, ABC News said.

Clinton, who is running for president in 2016, deleted 32,000 emails she termed "personal."

On September 16, 2013, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was claiming on TV news shows that the attacks were not premeditated, but "spontaneous," Fox News reported.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, leading the House committee investigating the Benghazi attack, plans to subpoena Blumenthal for private transcribed testimony, the Times said.

Fox News also reported on a memo from the Defense Intelligence Agency stating that the attack was planned at least 10 days before it occurred, which, Fox said, poses a "serious disconnect" between the Obama administration's claims and what U.S. intelligence agencies knew to be the truth.

"The intention was to attack the consulate and to kill as many Americans as possible to seek revenge for the US killing of Aboyahiye (Alaliby) in Pakistan and in memorial of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center buildings," the agency's memo read.

Clinton has urged quick release of the emails she turned over to the State Department.

Watch the Fox video here.

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Even as Obama administration officials blamed the 2012 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, on a U.S.-made film mocking the Prophet Mohammed, they should have known that a terrorist group with ties to al-Qaida was thought to be behind the attack.
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