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Hillary Clinton: Sidney Blumenthal blamed Benghazi attack on ‘innocence of Muslims’ protesters
(FILES) This file photo taken on September 11, 2012 shows an armed man waving his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi. A long-awaited inquiry into a deadly militant attack on the US mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi late on December 18, 2012 slammed State Department security arrangements there as "grossly inadequate." But the months-long probe also found there had been "no immediate, specific" intelligence of a threat against the mission, which was overrun on September 11 by dozens of heavily armed militants who killed four Americans. AFP PHOTO / FILES (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton: Sidney Blumenthal blamed Benghazi attack on ‘innocence of Muslims’ protesters

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.

Source: Hillary Clinton: Sidney Blumenthal blamed Benghazi attack on ‘innocence of Muslims’ protesters – POLITICO

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