Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knew that the U.S. government was using a Libyan intelligence source who has been accused of involvement in a major terrorist attack against Americans, and that source is currently living the life of a free citizen, courtesy of the U.S. and British governments.
On March 18, 2011, Clinton received an email from her unofficial Libya and political adviser Sidney Blumenthal, who told her the name of a CIA informant. Blumenthal’s own source, former CIA spy Tyler Drumheller, found out the name of the informant for Blumenthal.
“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 wrote, according to a public release of that email. Clinton then forwarded the email along to others.
The redacted name was revealed over the weekend, due to “human error,” when Trey Gowdy’s House Benghazi Committee briefly published a copy of the email with the name un-redacted. That name: Moussa Koussa.
Who is Moussa Koussa?
Moussa Koussa served for fifteen years as Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s intelligence chief and was the government’s last Foreign Minister before Gaddafi went down in a revolution supported by U.S. military intervention.
Few people knew, apparently, that Koussa was a CIA informant when he left Libya and went to England in 2011 and then went on to Qatar, where he now lives free of U.S. or European Union sanctions. Some are currently calling for Koussa to be prosecuted in either the United States or Scotland for his alleged involvement in the 1988 “Lockerbie bombing,” a terrorist attack on a Pan-Am commercial flight from Germany to the U.S. that killed 270 people, including 189 Americans and 11 Scots at the site where the plane went down.
Koussa previously worked for Libya’s security agency the Mathaba, which the BBC reported was linked to the 1988 plane bombing.
An intelligence officer of Gaddafi’s Libyan government was the only person ever convicted for involvement in the bombing, which observers have long pinned on Gaddafi.
In 2004, the Libyan government said that it “accepts responsibility for the actions of its officials” with regard to the terrorist attack, according to a letter Libya sent to the United Nations Security Council.
Evidence on the British parliamentary record fingers Koussa as having been involved.
British Member of Parliament Andrew MacKinlay, apparently unaware that Koussa was a CIA informant, said recently that the British government made a “breath-taking and deeply suspicious decision” when it allowed Koussa to walk free through British customs.
According to The Independent:
Mr MacKinlay claimed in evidence to a parliamentary inquiry that during the meeting in Tripoli in 2005, Anthony Layden, then UK ambassador in Libya, had pointed to Mr Koussa and warned: ‘This man is up to his neck in Lockerbie.’
Mr MacKinlay said it was critical for the US-Scottish joint investigation into Lockerbie to find out exactly what Mr Koussa knew.
The Blumenthal email has taken center stage in a pointless back-and-forth between Gowdy and top Committee Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings. After Gowdy said the email proves that Clinton was forwarding highly classified information to others on a non-secure server, Cummings found out that the CIA did not redact the source’s name. Cummings then basically called Gowdy a liar and accused Gowdy of redacting the name himself to make it look like the CIA did it. In fact, the State Department was the entity that redacted the name, though the agency disputes that the redaction technically makes it classified.