Tuesday’s revelation that Sidney Blumenthal was the team Clinton source, feeding information to anti-Trump dossier creator Christopher Steele is not surprising.
Sid Blumenthal former journalist, close adviser to Hillary Clinton and the man whose email account led hacker Guccifer into Hillary’s private email server, has spent much of the past 37 years acting as a political hit man, and designated lie inventor for Bubba and Hillary Clinton. Even when he was banned from working at the State Department by President Obama, Blumenthal did his best to advise Hillary about Libya where he had financial interests and to send the former Secretary of State the latest musings about Israel from his anti-Semitic son Max.
Sid Blumenthal is not a newcomer to the creation of political fantasies. Along with being Steele’s contact he was the man behind the anti-Obama birtherism and there is some evidence that he may have been the person behind the Benghazi YouTube video lie. While he banned from working for Obama he must have had strong contacts there, beyond Hillary because seven weeks before Jim Comey made his speech about not recommending a Clinton indictment he promised she would get off. Sid gave the same reason for her exoneration that Comey would give, the lack of intent.
Blumenthal and Birtherism
The Obama was born in Kenya nonsense started with a whisper campaign waged by Sid Blumenthal.
In September 2016, James Asher who worked for McClatchy newspapers in 2008 tweeted out (his page is no longer active):
— James Asher (@jimasher) September 16, 2016
Later Asher sent an email to his former colleagues expanding his account beyond the 140 character twitter limit:
“During the 2008 Democratic primary, Sid Blumenthal visited the Washington Bureau of McClatchy Co.,” Asher said in an email to McClatchy, noting that he was at the time the investigative editor and in charge of Africa coverage.
“During that meeting, Mr. Blumenthal and I met together in my office and he strongly urged me to investigate the exact place of President Obama’s birth, which he suggested was in Kenya. We assigned a reporter to go to Kenya, and that reporter determined that the allegation was false.
“At the time of Mr. Blumenthal’s conversation with me, there had been a few news articles published in various outlets reporting on rumors about Obama’s birthplace. While Mr. Blumenthal offered no concrete proof of Obama’s Kenyan birth, I felt that, as journalists, we had a responsibility to determine whether or not those rumors were true. They were not.
Almost every day over the past six months, I have been the recipient of an email that attacks Obama’s character, political views, electability, and real or manufactured associations. The original source of many of these hit pieces are virulent and sometimes extreme right-wing websites, bloggers, and publications. But they aren’t being emailed out from some fringe right-wing group that somehow managed to get my email address. Instead, it is Sidney Blumenthal who, on a regular basis, methodically dispatches these email mudballs to an influential list of opinion shapers — including journalists, former Clinton administration officials, academics, policy entrepreneurs, and think tankers — in what is an obvious attempt to create an echo chamber that reverberates among talk shows, columnists, and Democratic Party funders and activists. One of the recipients of the Blumenthal email blast, himself a Clinton supporter, forwards the material to me and perhaps to others.
n May 2015 the State Department released 850 pages of Hillary Clinton Benghazi-related email documents. The NY Times reviewed the ones having to do with Clinton Family buddy Sidney Blumenthal. As part of the treasure trove of emails is this paragraph on a correspondence sent by Blumenthal to Clinton on 9/12/12 right after the attack…