The U.S. State Department has been slowly releasing heavily censored emails from Hillary Clinton’s private email servers she used while Secretary of State. Having seen a WikiLeaks Tweet today revealing the fact that the NY Times had given the US Government advance notice of what State Dept. cables were going to be released by the whistleblower group, we thought we’d take a peek at the latest tranche of Clinton emails ourselves to see what we might find.
The released emails are heavily censored, giving the lie to the Clinton assertion that the State Dept. emails she was backing up, illegally, on her personal server were only innocuous and therefore the unsecure storage method presented no security risk. As you shall see, at least one frequent sender of emails to Hillary’s unsecure server had his own email hacked, so she was just a step away from getting pwn3d herself (and perhaps she was). Many of the emails are completely censored, without even the to: and from: information revealed.
One of the interesting emails we found was part of a series of intelligence memos from Sidney “Sid” Blumenthal, a former “alternative press” journalist who somehow became “assistant and senior adviser” to Bill Clinton when he was President.
Blumenthal was responsible for digging up dirt on Barack Obama during his 2008 Presidential bid, when he came out of nowhere to blindside Hillary Clinton in the primaries. He is supposed to have discovered the damaging info on Obama’s friendship with a controversial Chicago preacher and then turned the info over to When Hillary Clinton was tapped by Obama for the Secretary of State position, she wanted to bring Blumenthal into the Obama Administration; quite understandably, she was rebuffed. So she retained Blumenthal as advisor in an unofficial capacity, via the Clinton Foundation, for the low, low price of – $10,000.00 a month! Now who among the donors to the Clinton Foundation “charity” can say they don’t get their money’s worth?
Blumenthal somehow managed to establish contacts in US and perhaps other intelligence services during his years in the Bill Clinton Administration. When Hillary became Secretary of State, his sources became a sort of private intelligence service for HRC. Blumenthal came under allegedly intense scrutiny from the US Congress when it was discovered that he had produced controversial intelligence for Hillary Clinton on the early days of the efforts to overthrow Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, leading up to the attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi. That was when the US Ambassador assigned to micromanage the bloody end of the Gaddafi regime, J. Christopher Stevens, was murdered by “his own” ostensibly US-backed Libyan “freedom fighters”. Talk about “chickens coming home to roost”!
There has been much written about Blumenthal’s memos on Libya; many reports even mentioned the specific memo we found today. But it was not published so far as we could tell, by any news agency. The New York Times released a selection of the Blumenthal memos; but for some strange reason the left the most interesting one out of their collection.
The memo was sent to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on 14 July, 2011, while she was in Turkey meeting with the leaders of the anti-Gaddafi “Transitional National Council” (TNC). It was a heads-up, alerting her to the likelihood that she would, while in Turkey, be asked to participate in a meeting with a representative of the TNC whom she had never heard of or met before: a “Mr. Neydah”. Here is the text of the complete memo as downloaded from the State Department website earlier today:
Sidney Blumenthal Memo to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, 14 July, 2011 Source: foia.state.gov
As you can see, Blumenthal’s information is very specific: this Mr. Neydah (perhaps actually Dr. Aref Ali Nayed? – see document below) will be informing HRC that the TNC has hired a private paramilitary organization nemed “Osprey”. Its full name was “Osprey Global Solutions” and it was headed by “Retired” Delta Force Major General David L. Grange.
The memo states that the TNC “has reached an agreement” with Grange’s “firm”, which has “drawn up a plan for taking Tripoli similar to the plan he helped develop that was used by the first wave of Special Forces in the capture of Baghdad”. The TNC is said to be still working out arrangements to fund the Grange operation; but that was a major reason why Hillary Clinton was in Turkey to begin with: to decide whether or not the US Government would get behind the TNC’s Gaddafi overthrow plans. Is it likely that it was, as the lying US bourgeois press assert, a coincidence, then , that on the very next day, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced to the world that the US was, in fact, selecting the TNC as their “official” “Libyan rebel” force? The following announcement was published on a US State Department website on 15 July, 2011:
“U.S. Recognizes TNC as Libya’s ‘Legitimate Governing Authority'”
“Washington — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that the United States will recognize the Transitional National Council (TNC) as “the legitimate governing authority for Libya” and expects that the move will help the TNC obtain more funding as it struggles against Muammar Qadhafi’s regime and makes plans for the country’s political transition.
“Speaking in Istanbul July 15, Clinton said that pending the creation of an interim authority, “the United States will recognize the TNC as the legitimate governing authority for Libya, and we will deal with it on that basis.”
“‘In contrast, the United States views the Qadhafi regime as no longer having legitimate authority in Libya,’ she added.
“Clinton said that following the resolution of some legal issues, U.S. recognition of the TNC will enable it to access ‘additional sources of funding,’ and U.S. officials ‘will be consulting with the TNC and our international partners in the most effective and appropriate method of doing this.’
“Clinton welcomed the direct financial support that countries have been providing to the TNC, as well as their contributions to the temporary financial mechanism that has been established to facilitate financial contributions and other in-kind assistance to the TNC.
“State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said July 15 that the TNC needs funding ‘to exist as a de facto government,’ including paying bills and handling operational and security costs.
“’We recognize them as the legitimate government of Libya. And so as such, we’re going to take steps to make sure that they’re able to carry out their functions,’ Toner said.”
Well that certainly solved the Libyans’ “funding problem”, didn’t it?
Of course, both Grange and Blumenthal deny that any deal was actually consummated with the TNC. Many news agencies alleged that Blumenthal stood to actually make a lot of money for facilitating the meetings between the TNC, Grange and Clinton. It’s also possible that Clinton herself might have been in a position to benefit financially from the arrangement. It wouldn’t be the first time that a top US official made money toppling a government!
According to a 20 October 2015 article on the Bloomberg News website, written by Eli Lake, Grange was never able to finalize any deal with the Libyans, and Blumenthal’s assistance proved unproductive, But a cache of documents obtained and published in 2013 by the hacker known as “Guccifer” (who had hacked into Sid Blumenthal’s email account) would appear to indicate otherwise:
24 August 2011: Osprey MOU with representatives of Libyan TNC, signed by Grange. The 13 July meeting Blumenthal set up with Clinton and “Mr. Neydah” (now Dr. Nayed) is here covered up by “relocating” it from Turkey to Dubai. Source: Hacker “Guccifer” via Gawker
Intro letter from Osprey to Asst Sec State Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs Andrew Shapiro, 4 January, 2012. This letter seems to indicate that the deal went through and Grange is notifying State Dept. of his planned presence in Libya to fulfill contracted work for TNC. Source: Hacker “Guccifer” via Gawker
In a classic “non-denial denial”, Grange led Bloomberg’s Eli Lake to believe that no deal with the Libyans was finalized: “We met with lots of people in positions of power, but they could never write a check” Grange stated, speaking of the Libyans. But of course, it wasn’t the Libyans who picked up the tab; it was the US Government.
Lake actually believes that the Libyan “freedom fighters” were seeking a contract with Osprey – run by a former Major General with the murderous Delta Force – to build field hospitals! If you want field hospitals you call Medecins Sans Frontieres; if you want a death squad organized to seize and murder a guy like Gaddafi, guys like Grange and his pals are just what you need, however.
“We were thinking, ‘O.K., Qaddafi is dead, or about to be, and there’s opportunities'” said one of Grange and Blumenthal’s co-conspirators, a certain “professional fund-raiser and philanthropist” named Bill White of some outfit called “Constellations Group”. These kinds of people are always ready to answer the door when a bloody opportunity to make money doing a “wet job” comes a-knocking!
These documents seem to outline a fascinating – and plausible – alternate explanation for how the brutal end of the Gaddafi regime was brought to pass. Was he actually tracked down and seized by Osprey’s mercenaries and then turned over to the tender mercies of the US-backed “freedom fighters”? The overthrow of the Gaddafi regime and the summary executions of Gaddafi and his sons seems to have been the last US/TNC operation that went off with a semblance of military precision. In the chaos that followed, Osprey could hardly be expected to uphold the terms of its contract in which they promised to provide post-overthrow “disaster mitigation services”. Apparently, it was a disaster for the people of Libya that was on the State Department’s menu; and since they were picking up the check, they would have happily released their friends at Osprey from the responsibility for fulfilling the remainder of their contract.