Newly released emails from Hillary Clinton’s personal server reveal that a full eighteen months before his murder in the 2012 Benghazi attack, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was so concerned about poor security in Libya that he was considering leaving the country.
Clinton turned over about 30,000 emails from her personal server to a House committee investigating the Benghazi attack. The New York Times published about a third of the 850 pages of emails. The New York Post reports that one of the emails was sent on April 10, 2011 to the then-Secretary of State’s private account with “high” importance, described the shelling and snipers surrounding Stevens, who at that time was serving as a special envoy:
The situation in [the Libyan town of] Ajdabiyah has worsened to the point where Stevens is considering departure from Benghazi. The envoy’s delegation is currently doing a phased checkout . . . He will monitor the situation to see if it deteriorates further, but no decision has been made about departure. He will wait 2-3 more hours, then revisit the decision on departure.
Ultimately, Stevens remained and became ambassador to Libya after the death of dictator Moammar Khadafy. Stevens and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. Benghazi outpost on September 11, 2012.
The emails also show that trusted adviser Sidney Blumenthal sent Clinton an intelligence assessment two days after the Benghazi attack, stating that it was premeditated and not a spontaneous response to an anti-Muslim video as the Obama administration repeatedly insisted.
One member of the Benghazi committee questioned how Clinton could exchange information about Stevens’ whereabouts using her own account.
“It’s incredibly likely our capable adversaries had the ability to get at this information,” said Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.). “Information about where US government officials are located when they are in dangerous places absolutely deserves all the protection that the American government can muster.” Clinton’s choice to have these discussions outside the secured State Department email system “definitely increased risk,” Pompeo said.