"Only days before Muammar Qaddafi was killed in Libya, Hillary Clinton’s confidante Sidney Blumenthal wrote her a personal e-mail passing on erroneous intelligence that the Libyan dictator was hiding in Chad and about to be interviewed by journalist Seymour Hersh.
The previously undisclosed e-mail, which was given to me, was sent by Blumenthal to Clinton’s private e-mail account on Oct. 15, 2011, five days before Qaddafi was found hiding in a drainpipe near the Libyan city of Sirte and subsequently killed by opposition fighters. The e-mail was provided by Blumenthal and his lawyer James Cole to the House Select Committee on Benghazi in advance of Blumenthal’s closed deposition to the committee Wednesday. It is only one of the dozens of e-mails that Blumenthal gave the committee but that the State Department had not previously produced.
The e-mail, marked “CONFIDENTIAL,” had the subject “Qaddafi’s location,” and was addressed, “For: Hillary, From: Sid.” It alleges that Hersh was approached by a former financial beneficiary of the Qaddafi regime about an exclusive interview with the fugitive Qaddafi.
“Hersh was told that Qaddafi is in Chad,” Blumenthal wrote. “He was also told that Qaddafi intends to wage endless war from his new location.”
Blumenthal noted that Qaddafi had helped install the president of Chad. He attributed the information to “a close friend of Hersh.”
Hersh told me today he had no idea what Blumenthal was talking about. “Say what? Interview Gaddafi...in Chad, no less... Actually the plan was to meet up with him on the first commercial space flight to Mars... It's only a few decades away, so I hear,” Hersh joked."
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