Hillary in Leaked Email: Saudi Arabia and Qatar Are Funding ISIS —1.8.21gj,b43
A second batch of leaked email exchanges allegedly between Hillary Clinton and her 2016 campaign chair John Podesta have been seized on by both left and ring wing commentators as evidence of inconsistencies in the Democratic presidential nominee’s foreign policy stance.
In one thread of correspondence from August 2014 Ms Clinton sent an eight-point plan to Mr Podesta, at the time a counsellor to President Barack Obama, outlining a strategy on how to defeat terror group Isis which involved supporting Kurdish forces in Syria and Iraq with military advisers.
The exchange also appears to show the presidential candidate identified the Gulf states of Saudi Arabia and Qatar as “clandestine” “financial and logistic” supporters of the terrorist group, despite surface cooperation between the US and the Sunni states on combating the militants and other actions in Syria’s multi-sided civil war.
“While this military/para-military operation is moving forward, we need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL [Isis] and other radical Sunni groups in the region,” Ms Clinton reportedly wrote.
The governments of both Saudi Arabia and Qatar deny deny arming Isis, although critics point out the terror group and the states share a common enemy in President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite government. The states’ respective embassies in London did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Also revealed in the emails is correspondence between Mr Podesta and the former lead singer of American rock band Blink 182 about UFOs. Tom DeLonge emailed the senior advisor at least twice talking in cryptic terms about their shared – and well-documented – interest in the extraterrestrial.
source-bethan mckernan, tom delonge
The 650,000 Question: Feds get warrant as the plot thickens–
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks with senior aide Huma Abedin aboard her campaign plane at Westchester County Airport in White Plains. The longtime Hillary Clinton aide at the center of a renewed FBI email investigation testified under oath four months ago she never deleted old emails, despite promising in 2013 not to take sensitive files when she left the State Department.
The intensifying FBI probe of newly discovered emails tied to Hillary Clinton’s scandalous private server has put a bull’s eye on her stalwart confidante Huma Abedin — targeted with a warrant yesterday — who now must weigh how much assistance to give the feds as they sift through thousands of messages found on her estranged husband Anthony Weiner’s laptop.
Feds yesterday secured a search warrant for the computer, which was seized in an underage-sexting investigation of Weiner. The warrant was needed because the FBI only had judicial clearance to search Weiner’s computer for sexting evidence, but found copies of Abedin’s emails on it as well.
Metadata on the laptop “suggests there may be thousands of emails sent to or from the private server that Mrs. Clinton used while she was secretary of state,” The Wall Street Journal reported. In all, copies of 650,000 emails were found.
FBI Director James B. Comey announced the discovery Friday in a bombshell letter to Congress, which was decried by Clinton supporters as improperly influencing the Nov. 8 election.
Former U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Donald Stern told the Herald it’s “almost impossible” to tell if the emails can all be scrubbed before Nov. 8, but said Abedin’s cooperation would accelerate the process.
“I think there’s a real interest at this point, given what Comey’s already done, to having more information out there,” Stern said. “And if that requires some of the participants to cooperate with law enforcement, I would hope that would be done.”
Stern added he assumes Abedin, who served in the State Department under Clinton, will “make her own independent judgment about what to do with the advice of counsel, but I’m sure she has a strong interest in getting all the facts out as quickly as possible so that this can be put to rest.”
The Clinton campaign has called on the feds to release all they know. But it is unclear how much detail — either exculpatory or incriminating facts — can actually be gleaned from the thousands of emails within a week. Clinton is unlikely to be questioned by the feds again before the election, legal experts said, but if she is elected the investigation could hang over her adminstration.
source-boston herald, ap, gopusa, donald stern
As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton routinely asked her maid to print out sensitive government emails and documents — including ones containing classified information — from her house in Washington, DC, emails and FBI memos show. But the housekeeper lacked the security clearance to handle such material.
In fact, Marina Santos was called on so frequently to receive emails that she may hold the secrets to emailgate — if only the FBI and Congress would subpoena her and the equipment she used.
Clinton entrusted far more than the care of her DC residence, known as Whitehaven, to Santos. She expected the Filipino immigrant to handle state secrets, further opening the Democratic presidential nominee to criticism that she played fast and loose with national security.
Clinton would first receive highly sensitive emails from top aides at the State Department and then request that they, in turn, forward the messages and any attached documents to Santos to print out for her at the home.
Among other things, Clinton requested that Santos print out drafts of her speeches, confidential memos and “call sheets” — background information and talking points prepared for the secretary of state in advance of a phone call with a foreign head of state.
“Pls ask Marina to print for me in am,” Clinton emailed top aide Huma Abedin regarding a redacted 2011 message marked sensitive but unclassified.
In a classified 2012 email dealing with the new president of Malawi, another Clinton aide, Monica Hanley, advised Clinton, “We can ask Marina to print this.”
“Revisions to the Iran points” was the subject line of a classified April 2012 email to Clinton from Hanley. In it, the text reads, “Marina is trying to print for you.”
Both classified emails were marked “confidential,” the tier below “secret” or “top secret.”
Santos also had access to a highly secure room called an SCIF (sensitive compartmented information facility) that diplomatic security agents set up at Whitehaven, according to FBI notes from an interview with Abedin.
From within the SCIF, Santos — who had no clearance — “collected documents from the secure facsimile machine for Clinton,” the FBI notes revealed.
Just how sensitive were the papers Santos presumably handled? The FBI noted Clinton periodically received the Presidential Daily Brief — a top-secret document prepared by the CIA and other US intelligence agencies — via the secure fax.
A 2012 “sensitive” but unclassified email from Hanley to Clinton refers to a fax the staff wanted Clinton “to see before your Netanyahu mtg. Marina will grab for you.”
Yet it appears Clinton was never asked by the FBI in its yearlong investigation to turn over the iMac that Santos used to receive the emails, or the printer she used to print out the documents, or the printouts themselves.
It also appears the FBI did not formally interview Santos as a key witness in its investigation.
This is a major oversight: Santos may know the whereabouts of a missing Apple MacBook laptop and USB flash drive that contain all of Clinton’s emails archived over her four years in office.
In 2013, Hanley downloaded Clinton’s emails from her private server to the MacBook and flash drive.
“The two copies of the Clinton email archive (one on the archive laptop and one on the thumb drive) were intended to be stored in Clinton’s Chappaqua and Whitehaven residences,” the FBI said in its case summary.
But Hanley says the devices were “lost,” and the FBI says it “does not have either item in its possession.”
In addition to Abedin, Santos worked closely with Hanley at Whitehaven and could shed light on the mystery — if only she were asked about it.
When a Post reporter confronted Santos at her DC apartment Friday, she would say only, “I don’t speak to reporters.”
According to a 2010 profile in The Philippine Star, close Clinton friend Vernon Jordan recommended Santos to the Clintons after she worked part-time for him.
Bill Clinton gave a speech in Manila as part of his foundation and took time to visit with the family of the “mayordoma [housekeeper] of his Washington, DC, home — Marina Santos.”
source-ny post, paul sperry, marina santos,