The Hillary Clinton campaign is staying silent on the revelation that she was warned not to blame the YouTube video “Innocence of Muslims” for the terrorist attack that killed four Americans at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Breitbart News reported Saturday on a newly released email that contains one of the biggest Benghazi bombshells yet: the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, Libya, sent a September 14, 2014, notice to State Department officials in Washington, D.C., telling them not to use their “Innocence of Muslims” talking point because it was not true and would not hold up to scrutiny.
More than 24 hours after the email’s release, the Clinton campaign still has not acknowledged or responded to press inquiries on the email that fundamentally changes the entire public record of the Benghazi terrorist attack.
“Colleagues, I mentioned to [redacted] this morning, and want to share with all of you, our view at Embassy Tripoli that we must be cautious in our local messaging with regard to the inflammatory film trailer, adapting it to Libyan conditions,” the email stated. “Our monitoring of the Libyan media and conversations with Libyans suggest that the films [sic] not as explosive of an issue here as it appears to be in other countries in the region… Relatively few have even mentioned the inflammatory video. So if we post messaging about the video specifically, we may draw unwanted attention to it.”
State Department officials in Washington received the email two days before Susan Rice went on Sunday talk shows and blamed the YouTube video, anyway.
Breitbart News reported that the Obama White House first tried to blame a different “Pastor Jon” YouTube video for the attack, just three hours after it happened, before deciding on “Innocence of Muslims.”
Clinton’s emails, including to her daughter Chelsea on the night of the attack, make clear that she never believed the YouTube video talking point, but rather trusted the intelligence she was receiving linking the attack to the Ansar al Sharia Brigade, which sought vengeance for the killing of an al-Qaeda operative.
Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal was instrumental in sending Clinton some of his son Max Blumenthal’s left-wing writings about “Innocence of Muslims” in the immediate days after the attack. Clinton was interested enough to instruct her aides to print them out for her.