Clinton e-mails reveal Washington's obsession with overthrowing Qaddafi government in Libya


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A cache of 296 e-mails to and from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released by the State Department on Friday reveal US officials working overtime to orchestrate the fall of a foreign government.

On March 27, 2011, Clinton's longtime close adviser Sidney Blumenthal briefed her about allied special forces activities to undermine then Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

"An extremely sensitive source added that the rebels are receiving direct assistance and training from a small number of Egyptian Special Forces units, while French and British Special Operations troops are working out of bases in Egypt, along the Libyan border," Blumenthal wrote to Clinton.

Blumenthal was never hired by the State Department in any office capacity, but he was one of Clinton's closest and most influential advisers, the published e-mails reveal.

"These troops are overseeing the transfer of weapons and supplies to the rebels," he added.

Blumenthal has no specialized expertise or experience covering the Middle East, but he sent Clinton numerous, long-detailed reports on Libya, combining intelligence assessments, political analysis and rumours.

All the e-mails addressed "Sid"[ney Blumenthal] and "Hillary" [Clinton].

Current US policy makers discussed plans to topple then Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych with equal frankness and detail.

In 2014, US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt were recorded as discussing Yanukovych's successor Arseniy Yatsenyuk before Yanukovych was toppled on February 22, 2014 in a violent coup.

The State Department e-mails were part of a cache of 30,000 messages that Clinton received or sent on her personal server, in addition to her official communications within the State Department during her tenure from 2009 to 2013.