Two days after the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Hillary Clinton received an email from confidante and former Bill Clinton White House staffer Sidney Blumenthal punching holes in the administration story that blamed the attack on an anti-Islam YouTube video.
One day earlier, Blumenthal presented Clinton with information from a “sensitive source” supporting the video narrative. But he followed up that correspondence with a contrary report that the attack was carried out by a jihadist group that had planned it at least one month in advance.
WND reported: Yet Clinton and the Obama administration persisted for weeks in blaming the obscure anti-Islam video as the primary motivation. In her memoir, “Hard Choices,” published last June, Clinton continued to defend the YouTube-video story line, claiming it was a reflection of what the U.S. intelligence community believed at the time.
The latest information comes as Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House committee investigating the Benghazi attack, on Tuesday asked Clinton to appear for a private interview regarding her controversial use of a private email account during her tenure as secretary of state.
Gowdy sent a letter to Clinton’s attorney characterizing the former secretary’s “email arrangement with herself” as “highly unusual, if not unprecedented.” He added Clinton’s disclosure that she deleted all emails from her private server “only exacerbates our need to better understand what the secretary did, when she did it and why she did it.”
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who is also known as Mark Basseley Youssef, was arrested in September 2012 and pleaded guilty to four charges of violating a probation sentence imposed on him in 2010 after a bank fraud conviction, and was sentenced to one year in prison followed by four years of probation.
In the weeks after the attack in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others, the Obama administration claimed the terrorist attack had been the results of a demonstration against the Nakoula video.
The administration ran public service announcements in Pakistan featuring Obama saying the U.S. had nothing to do with it. In a speech at the United Nations around this time, the president declared that “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was released from federal custody in September 2013.
Nakoula told FoxNews.com in a series of phone interviews that his film “Innocence of Muslims” had been widely misunderstood, and not just in being singled out as causing the Sept. 11, 2012, attack that left U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead.
“It is not [a] religion movie,” he said. “I have a lot of Muslim friends and not all the Muslims believe in the terrorism culture. Some of them believe in this culture. That’s why we need to fight [against] the culture, not the Muslims. My enemy is the terrorism culture; this is my enemy.
Knowing that the attack was not caused by the video, and in fact was a terrorist attack, Obama and Hillary lied to America.