In one of the more appalling breaches of security to date coming from the release of Hillary Clinton’s emails stored or sent through her private server, the name of the top CIA intelligence asset in Libya was named. The email revealing the source was sent by Clinton crony Sidney Blumenthal to her account, and then forwarded to others in the State Department by Clinton.
The emails also show Blumenthal’s blatant influence-peddling as he tried to use his relationship with Hillary to advance his business interests.
“She is exposing the name of a guy who has a clandestine relationship with the CIA on her private, unprotected server,” John Maguire, a former CIA officer who worked in the Mideast, told Yahoo Politics.
Gowdy highlighted the email in a recent letter to Maryland U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings. In the 13-page document, he also provides excerpts of emails which indicate that Blumenthal was advancing his own business interests in a private defense contractor called Osprey Global Solutions.
Gowdy also informed Cummings that he plans to release that email — and another 1,500 that the State Department belatedly gave the Committee last month — into the public domain within the next few days.
“Tyler spoke to a colleague currently at CIA, who told him the agency had been dependent for intelligence from [redacted due to sources and methods],” Blumenthal’s email states, according to Gowdy’s letter.
“Tyler” is Tyler Drumheller, a former CIA official who provided Blumenthal with much of the intelligence that he forwarded directly to Clinton’s personal email account, which was maintained on a private server. He also shared financial interests in Osprey with Blumenthal.
owdy asserts in his letter that the redacted information in the email was “the name of a human source” and that it is “some of the most protected information in our intelligence community.”
“Armed with that information, Secretary Clinton forwarded the email to a colleague,” Gowdy continued, thus “debunking her claim that she never sent any classified information from her private email address.”
Clinton has said numerous times that she did not send or receive information that was “marked” classified when it was originated.
The troubling email should prompt the CIA to request a “crime report” from the Justice Department in order to find out who provided the name of the CIA officer to Drumheller, according to Maguire.
One of the CIA’s former top attorneys also criticized the email.
“Unless Tyler was blowing smoke, it’s an unauthorized disclosure of information,” John Rizzo, a former general counsel at the CIA, told Yahoo Politics. “And it’s the most sensitive kind of classified information — the identity of a human source.”
Rizzo said that Clinton should have told Blumenthal, “delete this — and don’t send me that again.”
“And then she should have reported it to State Department security,” he said.
Recall that at this time in 2011, Libya was in absolute chaos. Blumenthal and Drumheller saw a golden opportunity to do business with the new Libyan government and tried to use their relationship with Hillary as leverage to get lucrative contracts with the Libyan government. Apparently, it didn’t work. But in the process, Blumenthal’s regular emails to Hillary giving Drumheller’s analysis of what was happening apparently contained some classified information — including this shocking disclosure of an important intelligence source.
The email was not marked “classified” which will allow Hillary to maintain her fig leaf defense that she never sent or received any emails marked “classified” from her private server. But if Clinton wasn’t aware that the source named in Blumenthal’s email was classified, she proves herself to be the most clueless secretary of state in history.
So which is it, Hillary? Stupid? Or criminal?