In a memo sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a day after the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi, Libya, longtime friend Sidney Blumenthal blamed demonstrators who were protesting “The Innocence of Muslims” video on YouTube.
According to emails obtained by The New York Times and published Thursday, Clinton forwarded the email to Jake Sullivan, a top foreign policy adviser, requesting “More info.” The emails presented by the Times represent a third of the approximately 850 pages of emails from her personal account that have been turned over to the State Department.
In a second memo the next day, Blumenthal noted “sensitive sources” in Libya said Ansar al-Sharia, an Al Qaeda-backed terror group, had planned the attacks for a month and used the protest as a cover. That information contradicted the official White House narrative at the time about the attacks’ genesis.
“We should get this around asap,” Clinton wrote in an email to Sullivan.