On Day Of Benghazi Attack, Hillary Sent Email Requesting Copy Of Libya Documentary She Starred In – The Daily Caller

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Early in the morning on the day the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a movie on her mind.

But she wasn’t thinking about “The Innocence of Muslims,” the short YouTube film that the Obama administration erroneously blamed for the Benghazi attack. Instead, Clinton sought a copy of “The Oath of Tobruk,” a documentary about the Libyan civil war directed by French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy and brought to America by her friend, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Clinton made an appearance in the movie, which Weinstein touted earlier in 2012 as an ode to Clinton’s and the Obama administration’s successful Libyan intervention.

But Clinton likely did not know when she requested a copy of the movie — in a 6 a.m. email to Philippe Reines and Huma Abedin, two of her top aides — that her Libyan legacy was about to go south.


The early-morning message was buried in a trove of emails published Thursday by The New York Times.

Around the time Clinton sent the email, protesters were gathering outside of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. Hours later, terrorists with ties to al-Qaida stormed the consulate in Benghazi and killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

At around 6 a.m. EST, just as Clinton was hitting “send,” the embassy in Cairo issued a statement condemning the 14-minute long “Innocence of Muslims,” which had caused outrage in much of the Muslim world because of its depiction of Muhammad.

“The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions,” read the statement.

For a week after the Benghazi attack the Obama administration’s official position was that the video sparked the Cairo protest which in turn sparked a spontaneous spurt of violence at Benghazi. That theory proved to be false as it was determined that the attack was pre-planned well in advance and that the video was not a motivating factor.

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