According to a new batch of emails from WikiLeaks, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received intelligence that her plans to overthrow Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi was in fact leading to the rise of al-Qaeda militants and the Muslim Brotherhood in taking over the country.
On March 27, 2011, more than a year before the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Clinton learned in a confidential email from Sidney Blumenthal that al-Qaeda terrorists were infiltrating the post-Gadaffi transitional government. The email, subject titled “Re: Lots of new intel; Libyan army possibly on verge of collapse,” proves Clinton had acknowledgement that the Muslim Brotherhood wielded the “real power” in the rebel movement that Clinton was supporting at the time.
Not only did Blumenthal warn Clinton that al-Qaeda could become major players in the region, but he revealed key intel details on how these “radical/terrorist” groups were “infiltrating the NLC,” or National Libyan Council, the rebel government with French support. Clinton forwarded this intel to her staff, proving acknowledgement and understanding to its content, but made no official action or moves on the rising terrorist insurgency.
Blumenthal’s heeding email can be read below:
“This situation has become increasingly frustrating for French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who, according to knowledgeable individuals, is pressing to have France emerge from this crisis as the principal foreign ally of any new government that takes power. Sarkozy is also concerned about continuing reports that radical/terrorist groups such as the Libyan Fighting Groups and Al Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) are infiltrating the NLC and its military command. Accordingly, he asked sociologist who has long established ties to Israel, Syria, and other B6 nations in the Middle East, to use his contacts to determine the level of influence AQIM and other. terrorist groups have inside of the NLC. Sarkozy also asked for reports setting out a clear picture of the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in the rebel leadership…
…(Source Comment: Senior European security officials caution that AQIM is watching developments in Libya, and elements of that organization have been in touch with tribes in the southeastern part of the country. These officials are concerned that in a post-Qaddafi Libya, France and other western European countries must move quickly to ensure that the new government does not allow AQIM and others to set up small, semi- autonomous local entities—or “Caliphates”—in the oil and gas producing regions of southeastern Libya.)”
Then, Clinton aide Jake Sullivan responded after being forwarded the email, stating the real power to the government take over would be behind the Brotherhood:
“The Qadhafi regime has also met with the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood leadership in Egypt. According to Qadhafi chief of staff Fouad Zlitni, the Muslim Brotherhood asserts that TNC may be the political leadership of the opposition, but the real power lies with the Libyan Brotherhood and they are apparently willing to bide their time. The Qadhafi regime also offered to send senior tribal leaders to Benghazi to negotiate with the TNC, but the TNC rejected the proposal.”
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