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Josh Rogin

Clinton Confidante Sent Bad Intel on Qaddafi

He makes no claim that his information was sound.
Luckily not State's only source.

Luckily not State's only source.

Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Only days before Muammar Qaddafi was killed in Libya, Hillary Clinton’s confidante Sidney Blumenthal wrote her a personal e-mail passing on erroneous intelligence that the Libyan dictator was hiding in Chad and about to be interviewed by journalist Seymour Hersh.

The previously undisclosed e-mail, which was given to me, was sent by Blumenthal to Clinton’s private e-mail account on Oct. 15, 2011, five days before Qaddafi was found hiding in a drainpipe near the Libyan city of Sirte and subsequently killed by opposition fighters. The e-mail was provided by Blumenthal and his lawyer James Cole to the House Select Committee on Benghazi in advance of Blumenthal’s closed deposition to the committee Wednesday. It is only one of the dozens of e-mails that Blumenthal gave the committee but that the State Department had not previously produced.