Hillary Clinton comes off as confused, myopic and downright clueless in a number of email exchanges that have made headlines thanks to recent inquiries from a number of news outlets.
In one exchange, brought to light after the AP released emails it obtained through a FOIA request, Clinton doesn’t know that she’s supposed to be talking with her adviser, Huma Abedin, about a Pakistani-Taliban over the remains of a crashed U.S. drone. Rather, Clinton believes she’s discussing interior furnishings.
Here’s the relevant portion of that exchange. It’s of note that Clinton refutes her own post-scandal assertions that she only used one mobile device while serving at the State Department:
The AP isn’t the only news outfit to have recently uncovered some interesting tendencies Clinton exhibited, through her emails, while she served as Secretary of State. ProPublica and Gawker have published a pair of stories that delve into Clinton’s relationship with longtime ally Sidney Blumenthal, calling into question her assertion that the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was a surprise reaction to an anti-Muslim video.
Only two weeks before the Sept. 11, 2012 attack, Clinton was receiving detailed intelligence on the situation on the ground in Libya. All of this was being communicated via her private email account. That account, according to congressional investigators, has not yielded any Benghazi-related emails from among the trove of “official” documents Clinton turned over to the State Department. Does that mean Clinton intentionally omitted exchanges like these before handing over her State Department emails to the Feds?
“One memo was sent on August 23, 2012, less than three weeks before Islamic militants stormed the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi,” Gawker reported. “It cites ‘an extremely sensitive source’ who highlighted a string of bombings and kidnappings of foreign diplomats and aid workers in Tripoli, Benghazi and Misrata, suggesting they were the work of people loyal to late Libyan Prime Minister Muammar Gaddafi.
“While the memo doesn’t rise to the level of a warning about the safety of U.S. diplomats, it portrays a deteriorating security climate. Clinton noted a few days after the Benghazi attack, which left four dead and 10 people injured, that U.S. intelligence officials didn’t have advance knowledge of the threat.”
The significance of that observation is hard to emphasize too greatly. Scroll to the bottom of Gawker’s story and read the embedded memo from Aug. 23, 2012, which were taken “verbatim” from Libya intelligence memos obtained by ProPublica. There’s a lot of detail in the descriptions of the declining security in Libya — and no mention of a video.