CIA shrugs off Clinton’s ‘classified’ email – Yahoo Politics

Gowdy has pushed back, insisting that the committee is diligently seeking all facts related to the Sept. 11, 2011, Benghazi attacks, which led to the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. Gowdy has contended that the repeated emails from Blumenthal are relevant because they may show that Clinton was relying for policy advice on Libya from an outside political adviser who had no expertise on the country and, at the time, had a business arrangement with Drumheller to help a U.S. company, Osprey Global Solutions, secure medical and security contracts from Libyan rebels fighting Gadhafi.


Sidney Blumenthal, an adviser to Hillary Clinton, arrives to be deposed by the House Select Committee on Benghazi in the U.S. Capitol in June. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images)

But the committee has so far been unable to point to any examples of Clinton actually acting on Blumenthal’s advice. And Cummings charged Sunday that Gowdy misrepresented a portion of Blumenthal’s March 18, 2011, email relating to the supposed Libyan intelligence source. In his letter, Gowdy had redacted the identity of the source “due to sources and methods” — a standard phrase used by the intelligence community to protect classified information.

But Cummings said the State Department, not the CIA, had requested the committee not reveal the individual’s name publicly over the weekend, “not for classification reasons but to protect the individual’s privacy and avoid bringing additional undue attention to this person.”

“The letter is accurate and reflects our communication with the CIA,” said Alec Gerlach, a State Department spokesman, when asked Sunday about the contents of Cummings’ letter. A CIA spokesman declined comment.


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