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UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05793337 Date: 12/31/2015
[RELEASE PART 86[
From:
Sent:
To:
Subject:
Mills, Cheryl MillsCD@state.gov>
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 9:12
FW: HAK likes your proposal will call HRC later
From: Mills, Cheryl
Sent: Wednesda{, September 19, 2012 4:12
To: Jeffrey.Smith[
Cc: Grafeld, Margaret
Subject: Re: HAK likes your proposal will call HRC later
Dear Jeff
Thanks for your note and your kind words condolence. has been hard week for the State family. look forward learning your thoughts next steps.
Cdm
From: Smith, Jeffrey ~-----------~
Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 05:51
To: Mills, Cheryl
Cc: Grafeld, Margaret
Subject: HAK likes your proposal will call HRC later
Cheryl, just got off the phone with Dr. Kissinger, who had been traveling Europe. asked inform you that likes
your proposal and wants conclude agreement before HRC leaves office. Yale will also need part the
negotiations, but are working together closely. does not wish bother HRC when she has much more important matters deal with but will call her later when
things settle down. not know what the next steps are but asked call you immediately can get started the agreement. pleased that are making progress.
Also, let add personal thoughts about the tragedy Libya. did not have the honor knowing Ambassador
Stevens, but worked for over eight years and know how the Department deals with these losses. terrible, but
the Secretary did superb job representing (and being) the finest America has offer.
Best regards,
Jeff
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[:~LEASE PART
Lanny Davis~-------
Thursday, December 20, 2012 3:56
From:
Sent:
To:
Subject:
The Rice Controversy: Lessons for Avoiding the Cliff
December 20, 2012
The Rice
~ontroversy:
Lessons for voiding the Cliff Lanny Davis and Michael Steele
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lanny-davis/the-rice-controversy-less 2330456.html
While are from different parties and political philosophies, agree that Susan Rice was treated unfairly
the media, disrespected Republican senators, and virtually abandoned the White House.
Yet, there are few valuable lessons gleaned from the Rice affair that both the President and the Congress
can apply avoid going over the fiscal cliff January 2013.
The first lesson the need focus facts and not confuse them with innuendo and partisan attacks. For
example, the indisputable fact that Ambassador Rice, appearing behalf the Secretary State, delivered
almost verbatim the talking points given her the CIA, including her use the expression spontaneous
demonstration associated with the anti-Muslim video demonstrations Cairo. Still, some Republican senators
blamed her rather than the CIA and the media did very little correct the record based the facts.
The second lesson the need for presidential leadership. The president admirably and publicly defended
Ambassador Rice challenging Republicans after him instead her. But then his White House was
strangely passive when came correcting the misstatements about Ambassador Rices role and the source
those talking points. Speculation about potential nomination Ambassador Rice for Secretary State was
allowed further distort the Ambassadors role. The president should have just publicly set the record
straight and had his White House press operation backup his assertions.
Third, the issue fundamental fairness which resonates with most Americans, regardless party should
have been the dominant theme defending the ambassador. For example, the suggestion that Ambassador Rice
was soft Rwanda President Paul Kagme because she worked for company that years ago sold software
products and provided advice Kamages government was patently unfair. was the suggestion that
somehow she was responsible for the violence against our embassy Benghazi because two embassies were
attacked Quaeda 1998 when she served assistant secretary state for African Affairs. facts, presidential leadership, and fairness should have been applied the matter Ambassador Rice and
must applied the critical issue avoiding the fiscal cliff.
First, the facts have all but been forgotten the two sides argue over whether there should more taxes
more spending cuts and entitlement reform. But tlie most important fact the core the bi-partisan
Simpson-Bowles Commission report: America has have all three get the job done America will drown debt and risks becoming another Greece.
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Second, while the president may want blame much the stalemate Republican ideological rigidity,
especially the House, could still demonstrate leadership acknowledging that just raising tax revenues incomes over $250,000 per year wont seriously dent the $16 trillion debt. Moreover, ifthe president
unilaterally endorsed Simpson-Bowles, which relies closing tax loopholes raise revenues, and then
challenged the Republicans join him that endorsement, not only would avert falling off the fiscal cliff
but would the catalyst for building the kind consensus around big ideas expected presidents.
And finally, the president needs frame the whole fiscal cliff debate the context fairness: not just touting increase taxes the wealthy order pay their fair share, but the need pay down the national debt fairness our children and grand-children instead continuing the immoral act passing along our credit
card receipts for them pay. his 1961 inuaugural address, President Kennedy famously challenged all Americans, not just the wealthy,
Ask not what the country can for you ask what you can for your country. presenting the facts, showing leadership, and demanding fairness, the president and responsible GOP leaders
can come together presidents and congresses have the past for our generation lessen the financial
burden future generations and ask everyone share the responsibility putting the national interest
first. not only the right public policy and ultimately smart politics for both parties congress and the White
House, the right thing do.
####
Mr. Davis, former special counsel President Clinton, Democratic contributor for Fox News Channel. Mr.
Steele, former chairman the Republican National Committee, Republican political analyst for MSNBC.
Both are partners public affairs/strategic communication firm, Purple Nation Solutions.
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From:
[:~LEASE PART
Sidney Blumenthal
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 9:47
Re: More questions. Sid
~~~~~~~~
Sent:
To:
Subject:
Heres the ultimate Bengahzi conspiracy theory that wingers believe:
John Brennan, without presidential finding, the behest the Saudis, created covert CIA
operation the Benghazi consulate run arms secretly the Syrian rebels. And the administration
covered protect Obama the election. other words, projection Iran-contra and
Watergate rolled into one.
-----Original Message----From: 
~~~~~:~~~~113,012 9:23
86,
Subject: Re: More questions. Sid
What was his worldview and why would think hurting furthered it? Why would Cantor want
hurt (beloved Rs)?
Fro~: Sid~~y-Bl~m;~th~i[~~ilt~1
1-- --------- ------ ----------
Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 09:13 Eastern Standard Time
Subject: More questions. Sid
Read Washington Post report below...
More questions:
Who else the Congress besides congressmen Reichert and Cantor knew the Petraeus
investigation before became public? How many congressional staffers were informed? What roles
did they play deciding who inform about it? What were their communications among themselves
and with others outside their offices any? Did any them discuss the matter with anyone the
Romney-Ryan campaign?
Why was Cantor intent informing FBI Director Mueller the existence FBI investigation
that was already resolved? Cantor would have been keenly aware that his referral put Mueller
notice that the investigation could not contained, indeed, was already known, and put pressure
him tell James Clapper and make public soon possible.
What were the internal discussions between Cantor and his staff his referral Mueller?
Did Cantor refer the matter Mueller order punish the rogue FBI agent, who informed Reichert
and Cantor? not, why not?
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Did Cantor understand that the FBI agent was acting illegally? that why did not leak the matter the press and instead referred Mueller transparent effort pressure him?
Did Cantor inform Speaker Boehner? Did Cantor inform Congressman Mike Rogers, chair the
House Intelligence Committee? Why did Cantor keep them the dark? What discussions did
have with his staff others about who not inform, well who inform?
When Mueller learned the illegal leak Cantor did launch internal investigation? Was the FBI
Inspector General informed? there such investigation? not, why not?
Was the supposedly rogue FBI agent, described the Washington Post motivated his worldview, acting
alone? Did discuss the investigation with any individual either inside outside the bureau before wentto Reichert
and Cantor?
Disclosure espionage investigation felony. Will grand jury empaneled the Justice
Department?
When will Senator Patrick Leahy, chair the Judiciary Committee and former FBI agent, begin
investigation this matter?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/petraeus-told-biographer-to-stop-harassing-family-friend-officialssay/2012/11/12/6ccb325c-2d00-11 e2-a99d-Sc4203af7b7a story.html
What remains unclear why, after was decided that criminal charges would not filed, the FBI informed Clapper
about the investigation. Another question why the notification was made Election Day about case the Justice
Department had declined pursue weeks earlier. some point during the summer, the Tampa FBI agent whom Kelley had first approached for help was taken off the
investigation. Frustrated and concerned that inquiry into what thought may possible national security breach
had not progressed, got touch with the office Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.). Reichert passed the information House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). was contacted F.B.I. employee concerned that sensitive, classified information may have been compromised and
made certain Director Mueller was aware these serious allegations and the potential risk our national security,
Cantor said statement.
Cantor contacted FBI Director Robert Mueller Ill Oct. 31, and week later Clapper told Petraeus needed
resign. dont know would have taken this course without Cantor, person close the inquiry said.
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UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05795467 Date: 01/07/2016
[RELEASE PART 86[
From:
Sent:
To:
Subject: 
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 :12
Diane Reynolds
Re: office
Two our officers were killed Benghazi Queda-like group: The Ambassador, whom handpicked and
young communications officer temporary duty wife and two young children. Very hard day and fear more the
same tomorrow.
Lets try again later.
-----Original Message ----From: Diane Reynolds
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 08:59
To:H
Subject: Re: office
----- Original Message----From:
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 08:51
To: Diane Reynolds
Subject: office
Because attacks our embassy Cairo and our office Benghazi email when you can talk.
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UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05795525 Date: 01/07/2016
[RELEASE PART 86[
From: 
Friday, September 14, 2012 8:55
Russorv@state.gov
Fw: CONDOLENCE
Sent:
To:
Subject:
Pis prepare response.
From: Sullivan, Jacob [mailto:SullivanJJ@state.gov]
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2012 06:44
To:
Subject: FW: CONDOLENCE
From: Barnett Rubin [mailto
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2012
To: Sullivan, Jacob
Subject: Fwd: CONDOLENCE
~~~~~~~~
Jake, received this note Wednesday while traveling, soon after the news the death Chris Stevens broke.
from Bob Bergdahl, father Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Please convey the Secretary.
Best,
Barneu
Begin forwarded message:
From: Klaus Dahl
~~~~~~~~~~~~
Su~eci:CONDOLENCE
Date: September 12, 2012 4:24:55 GMT +02:00
To: Barnett Rubin
Reply-To: Klaus Dahl~I--------~
Dear Barney,
Please convey our abiding condolences everyone Foreign Service.
Your service most noble and almost invisible.
Our Nation stumbling through very volatile world.
The Crusade paradigm will never forgotten this part the world and force our
Diplomats carry lot baggage around while walking eggshells. very careful friend!
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05795525 Date: 01/07/2016
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05795525 Date: 01/07/2016 very sorry,
bob
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[RELEASE PART 86[
From:
Sent:
To:
Subject:
.Sidney Blumenthal
Friday, October 19, 2012 10:32 fyi. see esp poiAt about bush. Sid
~-----
CONFIDENTIAL
October 19, 2012
For: Ron Klain
From: Sidney Blumenthal
Re: Final debate Romney will inevitably falsify, distort and mangle facts range subjects from Libya the
defense budget. But why this debate different from all other debates? the dedicated foreign policy
debate, the stakes are higher-Americas role the world. That makes Romneys errors even more
consequential and potentially threatening. And that must essential predicate Obama point
when exposes Romneys falsehoods. When Romney lies domestic policy its shameful, but when lies foreign policy its dangerous. When Romney lies distorts, should revealed more than misleading. the foreign policy
debate, when Romney lies shows that hes unprepared. That word-unprepared-is potentially
lethal him. should linked logically his falsehoods, which become the proof. When youre
untrue, youre unprepared, and when youre-unprepared you cant strong. Romneys attack line Libya not only false, exposed the last debate. (Obama here can joke that
Romney apparently wants rerun the last debate but this time without Candy Crowley present call
him out. Romney will become angry and nonplussed.) His attack line reheated leftover the Bush
era attacks Democrats designed Karl Rove weak terrorism, which were themselves
repackaged old Republican attacks from the Cold War. Its all nostalgia. And its not about policy-its
only about politics and intended obscure the realities the ground and the truth about the matter. The issue the legacy George Bush complex. Romney has angered Republicans with his
attack George Bush and refusal defend him the last debate. (See Susan Eisenhower her
blog: http://susaneisenhower.com/2012/10/18/what-drives-mitt-romney/#more-830
Romneys debate answers were undoubtedly aimed undecided voters, but many members
the Republican Party Ive spoken the last two days are incensed Romneys handling the Bush
question. This debate unlikely change the contours the campaign, but has offered one more
glimpse what drives the man who wants desperately move into the White House.) Obarria can
make the following points: course: has inherited two wars, one which has ended and
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another that ending, characterizing how has defended interests each case; After the
elimination Bin Laden, shattered, splintered and diffuse, still spots menace but central
organization smashed, requiring smart, flexible and nuanced approaches variety situations, not
ham-handed, dogmatic and rhetorical responses like Romney proposes that can only have negative
unintended consequences; Romneys old ideas are outdated, whose source his advisers, who were
Bushs propagandists, not really even his first-rank advisers, but his cheerleaders-not the
neoconservative A-Team, but the B-Team; Then, really stick the shiv having Obama say that
was somewhat surprised that Romney the last debate did not give President George Bush credit
where credit due-for example, breaking with the neoconservatives around Vice President Cheney
adopting the surge Iraq led current CIA director David Petraeus that prepared the groundwork for
Obamas own policy Iraq. And now can understand, that light, why Romney failed
acknowledge President Bush any positive way-hes his far right and the captive the discredited
advisers and policies that none other than Bush himself finally broke with. Dont neglect interject the economic factor the foundation strength the world. The
Financial Times/Brookings Global Index reports that Obamas policies that are working--the
brightest spot the world economy-and that the ones that are not working are precisely the sort
austerity policies imposed Europe-in fact like those advocated Romney! Romney the one
pushing the bad austerity medicine from Europe that would ruin the recovery. Romneys policies are
European poison pill for the American recovery.
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[:~LEASE
From:
Sent:
Reines, Philippe 
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 10:09
To:
Cc: PART
Mills, Cheryl Sullivan, Jacob
RE: Clinton prepping for Benghazi grilling
Subject:
Were writing something for you this.
-----Original Message----From: [mailto:HDR22@clintonemail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 9:46
To: Reines, Philippe Sullivan, Jacob
Subject: Clinton prepping for Benghazi grilling
http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/22/clinton-prepping-for-benghazi-grilling/
This email UNCLASSIFIED.
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UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05797799 Date: 01/07/2016
RELEASE PART
From:
Sent:
To:
Subject:
Attachments: 
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 5:37
sullivan.ij@state.gov
Fw: Latest Libya intel; internal govt discussions high level. Sid
hrc_memo_libya_internal_govt_011512.docx
More info.
----------- -------From: Sidney Blumenthal [mailto:~-----~
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 :20 Eastern Standard Time
To:H
Subject: Latest Libya intel; internal govt discussions high level. Sid
CONFIDENTIAL
January 15, 2013
For: Hillary
From: Sid
Re: Libya internal government discussions
SUBJECT: Libya (13/4)
SOURCE: Sources with direct access the Libyan National Government, well the highest levels
European Governments, and Western Intelligence and security services. (Source Comment: the morning January 15, 2013 Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan was
informed Interior Minister Ashour Shuwail and Minister Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Mohamed Abdulaziz that Italy plan close its consulate Benghazi and reduce the size its embassy
Tripoli following attacks the consulate itself and the Italian consul general. Shuwail reported that the attacks
were carried out Eastern militia forces associated with Ansar Islam, which, although put under pressure
the National Libyan Army (NLA) following the attack the U.S. consulate Benghazi September 2012,
continues operate and around that city. Abdulaziz warned Zidan that should expect this situation
raised Italian officials and the chief executive officer (CEO) the Italian oil company ENI when the Libyan
Prime Minister visits Rome late January 2013. The Minister Foreign Affairs added that his sources
Rome report that the Italians will repeat their willingness take risks starting operations Libya, but
they will ask for evidence that the new Libyan government taking steps improve its ability protect
foreign workers and facilities Benghazi, and throughout the country.
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05797799 Date: 01/07/2016
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05797799 Date: 01/07/2016 This individual noted that Zidan was visibly upset during the conversation, expressing frustration
over this tum events, and stating that the relationship with ENI must serve sign the managers other
foreign companies that they can operate Libya safety under the General National Council Government
(GNC). According very sensitive source, Zidan concerned that these latest incidents Benghazi, taken combination with the January 2013 assassination attempt against President Mohamed Magariaf the
Southern town Sabha, will convince foreign diplomats and businessmen that Libya remains state
chaos. Zidan and Magariaf differ number policy issues, not the least which the relative authority
their two offices, but the Prime Minister told Shuwail that they must everything they can protect the life
the President they are maintain stable post-revolutionary government.) According this individual, Zidan and his ministers spoke during their visit Doha, and later
discussed the matter with Libyan intelligence chief General Salim Hassi and NLA Chief Staff General
YousefMangoush, ordering them take all steps necessary deal with Ansar Islam and its associated
groups. For his part Hassi warned that Ansar Islam has significant following Eastern Benghazi and the
territory between Benghazi and the Egyptian border. and Mangoush agreed that they will step operations that area, noting that they also will reach out for assistance from Egypt and the Western powers effort
improve the training their personnel and develop international plan limit the flow illegal arms into
Libya. Hassi noted that making progress the issue dealing with fighters loyal the family former
dictator Muammar Qaddafi, especially through cooperation with the French external intelligence service
(Direction Generale Securite Exterieure DGSE). The intelligence chief noted that French military
operations against rebel forces Mali have been valuable this regard. Both generals agreed follow
Zidans orders, and maintain good relations with their counterparts Italy well. For his part Zidan, according this source, stated that will raise this matter his conversations
with Qatari premier, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani, and its Foreign Minister, Sheikh
Mohammed bin Nasser bin Jassim Al-Thani. Zidan will ask Qatar assist the GNC government efforts
organize and fund program improve the quality its.military, police, and intelligence personnel. the
opinion this individual Zidan plans point out the Qatari leaders that Libya needs their assistance
protect the victory the revolution against Qaddafi. Zidan wants Qatar assist training security personnel,
while also opening centers train young Libyans take positions the oil industry previously held
foreign workers. (Source Comment: Prior their departure for Doha, Mangoush and Zidan discussed the security
situation and agreed that the NLA must seek assistance tracking the movements the independent militias, well the arms that are smuggled them from Mali the South West and South Sudan the South East.
Mangoush stated that was touch with the military commanders the appropriate countries, including
Egypt, and plans reach out the Western powers effort gain support and training. For his part
Zidan complained that Magariaf should not have attended the Sabha meetings, given the strength Qaddafi
supporters that region. Zidan added that, while realized that the President anxious demonstrate that
the GNC government gaining strength throughout the country must realistic about the nature the
threat facing both him and the government. According this source, Mangoush chose avoid being drawn
into this discussion the President.) According very sensitive source, General Hassi disagrees with the NLA analysis that the Sabha
attack was not aimed Magariaf specifically, noting that there were five prior assassination attempts against
Magariaf 2012, and that target for diverse collection enemies, including former Qaddafi forces,
groups like Ansar Sharia, and even his political adversaries the GNC. Accordingly, Hassi intends
establish new programs train detachment presidential bodyguards, and his own anti-terrorism personnel.
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[:~LEASE
From:
Sent:
To:
Subject
Attachments: PART 
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 5:37
Russorv@state.gov
Fw: Latest Libya intel; internal govt discussions high level. Sid
hrc_memo_libya_internal_govt_011512.docx
Pis print.
From:
Sid~ey Blumenthal [mai1tol~------
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 11:20 Eastern Standard Time
To:H
Subject: Latest Libya intel; internal govt discussions high level. Sid
CONFIDENTIAL
January 15, 2013
For: Hillary
From: Sid
Re: Libya internal government discussions
SUBJECT: Libya (13/4)
SOURCE: Sources with direct access the Libyan National Government, well the highest levels
European Governments, and Western Intelligence and security services. (Source Comment: the morning January 15, 2013 Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan was
informed Interior Minister Ashour Shuwail and Minister Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Mohamed Abdulaziz that Italy plan close its consulate Benghazi and reduce the size its embassy
Tripoli following attacks the consulate itself and the Italian consul general. Shuwail reported that the attacks
were carried out Eastern militia forces associated with Ansar Islam, which, although put under pressure
the National Libyan Army (NLA) following the attack the U.S. consulate Benghazi September 2012,
continues operate and around that city. Abdulaziz warned Zidan that should expect this situation
raised Italian officials and the chief executive officer (CEO) the Italian oil company ENI when the Libyan
Prime Minister visits Rome late January 2013. The Minister Foreign Affairs added that his sources
Rome report that the Italians will repeat their willingness take risks starting operations Libya, but
they will ask for evidence that the new Libyan government taking steps improve its ability protect
foreign workers and facilities Benghazi, and throughout the country.
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05797809 Date: 01/07/2016
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05797809 Date: 01/07/2016 This individual noted that Zidan was visibly upset during the conversation, expressing frustration
over this turn events, and stating that the relationship with ENI must serve sign the managers other
foreign companies that they can operate Libya safety under the General National Council Government
(GNC). According very sensitive source, Zidan concerned that these latest incidents Benghazi, taken combination with the January 2013 assassination attempt against President Mohamed Magariaf the
Southern town Sabha, will convince foreign diplomats and businessmen that Libya remains state
chaos. Zidan and Magariaf differ number policy issues, not the least which the relative authority
their two offices, but the Prime Minister told Shuwail that they must everything they can protect the life
the President they are maintain stable post-revolutionary government.) According this individual, Zidan and his ministers spoke during their visit Doha, and later
discussed the matter with Libyan intelligence chief General Salim Hassi and NLA Chief Staff General
Yousef Mangoush, ordering them take all steps necessary deal with Ansar Islam and its associated
groups. For his part Hassi warned that Ansar Islam has significant following Eastern Benghazi and the
territory between Benghazi and the Egyptian border. and Mangoush agreed that they will step operations that area, noting that they also will reach out for assistance from Egypt and the Western powers effort
improve the training their personnel and develop international plan limit the flow illegal arms into
Libya. Hassi noted that making progress the issue dealing with fighters loyal the family former
dictator Muammar Qaddafi, especially through cooperation with the French external intelligence service
(Direction Generale Securite Exterieure DGSE). The intelligence chief noted that French military
operations against rebel forces Mali have been valuable this regard. Both generals agreed follow
Zidans orders, and maintain good relations with their counterparts Italy well. For his part Zidan, according this source, stated that will raise this matter his conversations
with Qatari premier, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani, and its Foreign Minister, Sheikh
Mohammed bin Nasser bin Jassim Al-Thani. Zidan will ask Qatar assist the GNC government efforts
organize and fund program improve the quality its military, police, and intelligence personnel. the
opinion this individual Zidan plans point out the Qatari leaders that Libya needs their assistance
protect the victory the revolution against Qaddafi. Zidan wants Qatar assist training security personnel,
while also opening centers train young Libyans take positions the oil industry previously held
foreign workers. (Source Comment: Prior their departure for Doha, Mangoush and Zidan discussed the security
situation and agreed that the NLA must seek assistance tracking the movements the independent militias, well the arms that are smuggled them from Mali the South West and South Sudan the South East.
Mangoush stated that was touch with the military commanders the appropriate countries, including
Egypt, and plans reach out the Western powers effort gain support and training. For his part
Zidan complained that Magariaf should not have attended the Sabha meetings, given the strength Qaddafi
supporters that region. Zidan added that, while realized that the President anxious demonstrate that
the GNC government gaining strength throughout the country must realistic about the nature the
threat facing both him and the government. According this source, Mangoush chose avoid being drawn
into this discussion the President.) According very sensitive source, General Hassi disagrees with the NLA analysis that the Sabha
attack was not aimed Magariaf specifically, noting that there were five prior assassination attempts against
Magariaf 2012, and that target for diverse collection enemies, including former Qaddafi forces,
groups like Ansar Sharia, and even his political adversaries the GNC. Accordingly, Hassi intends
establish new programs train detachment presidential bodyguards, and his own anti-terrorism personnel.
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05797809 Date: 01/07/2016
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05797816 Date: 01/07/2016
[RELEASE FULL[
CONFIDENTIAL
January 15, 2013
For: Hillary
From: Sid
Re: Libya internal government discussions
SUBJECT: Libya (13/4)
SOURCE: Sources with direct access the Libyan National Government, well the
highest levels European Governments, and Western Intelligence and security services. (Source Comment: the morning January 15, 2013 Libyan Prime Minister Ali
Zidan was informed Interior Minister Ashour Shuwail and Minister ofFor~ign Affairs and
International Cooperation Mohamed Abdulaziz that Italy plan close its consulate Benghazi
and reduce the size its embassy Tripoli following attacks the consulate itself and the
Italian consul general. Shuwail reported that the attacks were carried out Eastern militia
forces associated with Ansar Islam, which, although put under pressure the National Libyan
Army (NLA) following the attack the U.S. consulate Benghazi September 2012,
continues operate and around that city. Abdulaziz warned Zidan that should expect this
situation raised Italian officials and the chief executive officer (CEO) the Italian oil
company ENI when the Libyan Prime Minister visits Rome late January 2013. The Minister Foreign Affairs added that his sources Rome report that the Italians will repeat their
willingness take risks starting operations Libya, but they will ask for evidence that the
new Libyan government taking steps improve its ability protect foreign workers and
facilities Benghazi, and throughout the country. This individual noted that Zidan was visibly upset during the conversation, expressing
frustration over this tum events, and stating that the relationship with ENI must serve sign the managers other foreign companies that they can operate Libya safety under the
General National Council Government (GNC). According very sensitive source, Zidan
concerned that these latest incidents Benghazi, taken combination with the January 2013
assassination attempt against President Mohamed Magariaf the Southern town Sabha,
will convince foreign diplomats and businessmen that Libya remains state chaos. Zidan
and Magariaf differ number policy issues, not the least which the relative authority
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05797816 Date: 01/07/2016
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05797816 Date: 01/07/2016 their two offices, but the Prime Minister told Shuwail that they must everything they can
protect the life the President they are maintain stable post-revolutionary government.) According this individual, Zidan and his ministers spoke during their visit Doha,
and later discussed the matter with Libyan intelligence chief General Salim Hassi and NLA
Chief Staff General YousefMangoush, ordering them take all steps necessary deal with
Ansar Islam and its associated groups. For his part Hassi warned that Ansar Islam has
significant following Eastern Benghazi and the territory between Benghazi and the
Egyptian border. and Mangoush agreed that they will step operations that area, noting
that they also will reach out for assistance from Egypt and the Western powers effort
improve the training their personnel and develop international plan limit the flow
illegal arms into Libya. Hassi noted that making progress the issue dealing with
fighters loyal the family former dictator Muammar Qaddafi, especially through
cooperation with the French external intelligence service (Direction Generale Securite
Exterieure DGSE). The intelligence chief noted that French military operations against rebel
forces Mali have been valuable this regard. Both generals agreed follow Zidans orders,
and maintain good relations with their counterparts Italy well. For his part Zidan, according this source, stated that will raise this matter his
conversations with Qatari premier, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani, and its Foreign
Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Nasser bin Jassim Al-Thani. Zidan will ask Qatar assist the
GNC government efforts organize and fund program improve the qualify its military,
police, and intelligence personnel. the opinion this individual Zidan plans point out
the Qatari leaders that Libya needs their assistance protect the victory the revolution against
Qaddafi. Zidan wants Qatar assist training security personnel, while also opening centers
train young Libyans take positions the oil industry previously held foreign workers. (Source Comment: Prior their departure for Doha, Mangoush and Zidan discussed
the security situation and agreed that the NLA must seek assistance tracking the movements
the independent militias, well the arms that are smuggled them from Mali the South
West and South Sudan the South East. Mangoush stated that was touch with the military
commanders the appropriate countries, including Egypt, and plans reach out the
Western powers effort gain support and training. For his part Zidan complained that
Magariaf should not have attended the Sabha meetings, given the strength Qaddafi supporters that region. Zidan added that, while realized that the President anxious demonstrate
that the GNC government gaining strength throughout the country must realistic about
the nature the threat facing both him and the government. According this source,
Mangoush chose avoid being drawn into this discussion the President.) According very sensitive source, General Hassi disagrees with the NLA analysis
that the Sabha attack was not aimed Magariaf specifically, noting that there were five prior
assassination attempts against Magariaf 2012, and that target for diverse collection
enemies, including former Qaddafi forces, groups like Ansar Sharia, and even his political
adversaries the GNC. Accordingly, Hassi intends establish new programs train
detachment presidential bodyguards, and his own anti-terrorism personnel.
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05797816 Date: 01/07/2016
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05798071 Date: 01/07/2016
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January 15, 2013
For: Hillary
From: Sid
Re: Libya internal government discussions
SUBJECT: Libya (13/4)
SOURCE: Sources with direct access the Libyan National Government, well the highest levels
European Governments, and Western Intelligence and security services. (Source Comment: the morning January 15, 2013 Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan was
informed Interior Minister Ashour Shuwail and Minister Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Mohamed Abdulaziz that Italy plan close its consulate Benghazi and reduce the size its embassy
Tripoli following atta~ks the consulate itself and the Italian consul general. Shuwail reported that the attacks
were carried out Eastern militia forces associated with Ansar Islam, which, although put under pressure
the National Libyan Army (NLA) following the attack the U.S. consulate Benghazi September 2012,
continues operate and around that city. Abdulaziz warned Zidan that should expect this situation
raised Italian officials and the chief executive officer (CEO) the Italian oil company ENI when the Libyan
Prime Minister visits Rome late January 2013. The Minister Foreign Affairs added that his sources
Rome report that the Italians will repeat their willingness take risks starting operations Libya, but
they will ask for evidence that the new Libyan government taking steps improve its ability protect
foreign workers and facilities Benghazi, and throughout the country. This individual noted that Zidan was visibly upset during the conversation, expressing frustration
over this turn events, and stating that the relationship with ENI must serve sign the managers other
foreign companies that they can operate Libya safety under the General National Council Government
(GNC). According very sensitive source, Zidan concerned that these latest incidents Benghazi, taken combination with the January 2013 assassination attempt against President Mohamed Magariaf the
Southern town Sabha, will convince foreign diplomats and businessmen that Libya remains state
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05798071 Date: 01/07/2016
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05798071 Date: 01/07/2016
chaos. Zidan and Magariaf differ number policy issues, not the least which the relative authority
their two offices, but the Prime Minister told Shuwail that they must everything they can protect the life
the President they are maintain stable post-revolutionary government.) According this individual, Zidan and his ministers spoke during their visit Doha, and later
discussed the matter with Libyan intelligence chief General Salim Hassi and NLA Chief Staff General
Yousef Mangoush, ordering them take all steps necessary deal with Ansar Islam and its associated
groups. For his part Hassi warned that Ansar Islam has significant following Eastern Benghazi and the
territory between Benghazi and the Egyptian border. and Mangoush agreed that they will step operations that area, noting that they also will reach out for assistance from Egypt and the Western powers effort
improve the training their personnel and develop international plan limit the flow illegal arms into
Libya. Hassi noted that making progress the issue dealing with fighters loyal the family former
dictator Muammar Qaddafi, especially through cooperation with the French external intelligence service
(Direction Generale Securite Exterieure DGSE). The intelligence chief noted that French military
operations against rebel forces Mali have been valuable this regard. Both generals agreed follow
Zidans orders, and maintain good relations with their counterparts Italy well. For his part Zidan, according this source, stated that will raise this matter his conversations
with Qatari premier, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani, and its Foreign Minister, Sheikh
Mohammed bin Nasser bin Jassim Al-Thani. Zidan will ask Qatar assist the GNC government efforts
organize and fund program improve the quality its military, police, and intelligence personnel. the
opinion this individual Zidan plans point out the Qatari leaders that Libya needs their assistance
protect the victory the revolution against Qaddafi. Zidan wants Qatar assist training security personnel,
while also opening centers train young Libyans take positions the oil industry previously held
foreign workers. (Source Comment: Prior their departure for Doha, Mangoush and Zidan discussed the security
situation and agreed that the NLA must seek assistance tracking the movements the independent militias, well the arms that are smuggled them from Mali the South West and South Sudan the South East.
Mangoush stated that was touch with the military commanders the appropriate countries, including
Egypt, and plans reach out the Western powers effort gain support and training. For his part
Zidan complained that Magariaf should not have attended the Sabha meetings, given the strength Qaddafi
supporters that region. Zidan added that, while realized that the President anxious demonstrate that
the GNC government gaining strength throug~out the country must realistic about the nature the
threat facing both him and the government. According this source, Mangoush chose avoid being drawn
into this discussion the President.) According very sensitive source, General Hassi disagrees with the NLA analysis that the Sabha
attack was not aimed Magariaf specifically, noting that there were five prior assassination attempts against
Magariaf 2012, and that target for diverse collection enemies, including former Qaddafi forces,
groups like Ansar Sharia, and even his political adversaries the GNC. Accordingly, Hassi intends
establish new programs train detachment presidential bodyguards, and his own anti-terrorism personnel.
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05798071 Date: 01/07/2016
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05798072 Date: 01/07/2016
[RELEASE FULL[
CONFIDENTIAL
January 15, 2013
For: Hillary
From: Sid
Re: Libya internal government discussions
SUBJECT: Libya (13/4)
SOURCE: Sources with direct access the Libyan National Government, well the
highest levels European Governments, and Western Intelligence and security services. (Source Comment: the morning January 15, 2013 Libyan Prime Minister Ali
Ziehm was informed Interior Minister Ashour Shuwail and Minister Foreign Affairs and
International Cooperation Mohamed Abdulaziz that Italy plan close its consulate Benghazi
and reduce the size its embassy Tripoli following attacks the consulate itself and the
Italian consul general. Shuwail reported that the attacks were carried out Eastern militia
forces associated with Ansar Islam, which, although put under pressure the National Libyan
Army (NLA) following the attack the U.S. consulate Benghazi September 2012,
continues operate and around that city. Abdulaziz warned Zidan that should expect this
situation raised Italian officials and the chief executive officer (CEO) the Italian oil
company ENI when the Libyan Prime Minister visits Rome late January 2013. The Minister Foreign Affairs added that his sources Rome rep01i that the Italians will repeat their
willingness take risks starting operations Libya, but they will ask for evidence that the
new Libyan government taking steps improve its ability protect foreign workers and
facilities Benghazi, and throughout the country. This individual noted that Zidan was visibly upset during the conversation, expressing
frustration over this turn events, and stating that the relationship with ENI must serve sign the managers other foreign companies that they can operate Libya safety under the
General National Council Government (GNC). According very sensitive source, Zidan
concerned that these latest incidents Benghazi, taken combination with the January 2013
assassination attempt against President Mohamed Magariaf the Southern town Sabha,
will convince foreign diplomats and businessmen that Libya remains state chaos. Zidan
and Magariaf differ number policy issues, not the least which the relative authority
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05798072 Date: 01/07/2016
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05798072 Date: 01/07/2016 their two offices, but the Prime Minister told Shuwail that they must everything they can
protect the life the President they are maintain stable post-revolutionary government.) According this individual, Zidan and his ministers spoke during their visit Doha,
and later discussed the matter with Libyan intelligence chief General Salim Hassi and NLA
Chief Staff General Yousef Mangoush, ordering them take all steps necessary deal with
Ansar Islam and its associated groups. For his part Hassi warned that Ansar [slam has
significant following Eastern Benghazi and the territory between Benghazi and the
Egyptian border. and Mangoush agreed that they will step operations that area, noting
that they also will reach out for assistance from Egypt and the Western powers effort
improve the training their personnel and develop international plan limit the flow
illegal arms into Libya. Hassi noted that making progress the issue dealing with
fighters loyal the family former dictator Muammar Qaddafi, especially through
cooperation with the French external intelligence service (Direction Generale Securite
Exterieure DGSE). The intelligence chief noted that French niilitary operations against rebel
forces Mali have been valuable this regard. Both generals agreed follow Zidans orders,
and maintain good relations with their counterparts Italy well. For his part Zidan, according this source, stated that will raise this matter his
conversations with Qatari premier, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani, and its Foreign
Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Nasser bin Jassim Al-Thani. Zidan will ask Qatar assist the
GNC government efforts organize and fund program improve the quality its military,
police, and intelligence personnel. the opinion this individual Zidan plans point out
the Qatari leaders that Libya needs their assistance protect the victory the revolution against
Qaddafi. Zidan wants Qatar assist training security personnel, while also opening centers
train young Libyans take positions the oil industry previously held foreign workers. (Source Comment: Prior their departure for Doha, Mangoush and Zidan discussed
the security situation and agreed that the NLA must seek assistance tracking the movements
the independent militias, well the arms that are smuggled them from Mali the South
West and South Sudan the South East. Mangoush stated that was touch with the military
commanders the appropriate countries, including Egypt, and plans reach out the
Western powers effort gain support and training. For his part Zidan complained that
Magariaf should not have attended the Sabha meetings, given the strength Qaddafi supporters that region. Zidan added that, while realized that the President anxious demonstrate
that the GNC government gaining strength throughout the country must realistic about
the nature the threat facing both him and the government. According this source,
Mangoush chose avoid being drawn into this discussion the President.) According very sensitive source, General Hassi disagrees with the NLA analysis
that the Sabha attack was not aimed Magariaf specifically, noting that there were five prior
assassination attempts against Magariaf 2012, and that target for diverse collection
enemies, including former Qaddafi forces, groups like Ansar Sharia, and even his political
adversaries the GNC. Accordingly, Hassi intends establish new programs train
detachment presidential bodyguards, and his own anti-terrorism personnel.
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05798072 Date: 01/07/2016
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05798196 Date: 01/07/2016
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http:/ security.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/22/clinton-prepping-for-benghazi-grilling/
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