Fox News reporter Catherine Herridge has obtained a classified cable sent by Ambassador Christopher Stevens directly to “the office” of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on August 16th, just a few weeks prior to the attack in Benghazi. In this interview with Greta Van Susteren, Herridge pulls no punches and says flatly that “the State Department has culpability” in the attack and that the cable serves as “the smoking gun warning” because of its specificity, which included naming Al-Qaeda and Ansar Al-Sharia (the group that claimed responsibility) specifically.
Take note, beginning at about the 1:50 mark. Greta asks Herridge for some specificity about who received the letter. Though Herridge doesn’t give names, she provides detailed information about where it went after revealing that Christopher Stevens is the one who signed it:
“(the cable was) copied to her (Hillary) and then it routes out, in this case, probably typically to diplomatic security, their near east Asia desk and others but it is specifically addressed to her office.”
Specifically. addressed. to. Hillary’s. office.
Here’s the video (h/t Right Scoop):
Ok, so it was “route(d)” out of Hillary’s office to an appropriate under secretary / bureau head tasked with heeding the very specific pleas of our ambassador. Yet, no one has been disciplined for not heeding what amounts to a distress signal, an S.O.S., a cry for help.
When someone discusses “Hillary Clinton’s office” does that include her Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin? Did Abedin see any of these cables at any time? Based on her background, that is an extremely relevant question that needs to be answered.
We are not alleging that Abedin saw the cable or had anything to do with it not being acted on. However, her potential access to and influence with Secretary Clinton in such situations, coupled with her familial connections / conflicts of interest when it comes to the Muslim Brotherhood, demonstrate perfectly why she should have been disqualified from holding the position she now holds.
Here is an extremely important point to consider. Huma Abedin’s parents were put in charge of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA) by a representative of the founder of the IMMA – Abdullah Omar Naseef. Naseef also has a history of being an al-Qaeda financier. Huma herself served on the IMMA Board WITH NASEEF from at least 1996 – 2003 and continued to serve on IMMA’s Board until 2008 / 2009, when she assumed her current role.
Based on these unassailable facts, should someone with Abedin’s background be working in Hillary’s “office”, especially when the reach of that office extends to danger spots for Americans in Muslim lands?
Again, we are in no way saying that Abedin had any knowledge of this cable whatsoever but we are saying that the circumstances leading up to the attack on the consulate, as well as who Stevens viewed as a threat (Al-Qaeda and Ansar Al-Sharia), illustrates perfectly why someone with Abedin’s background should not be put in the position. Such a person’s associations matter, not because of guilt or innocence but because of potential conflicts of interest in matters of allegiance.
Here is a compelling interview between Fox News Channel’s Bill Hemmer and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. This interview was approximately twelve hours prior to Herridge’s interview with Greta but note how angry Gowdy is. While he is clearly pointing directly to the White House, he is also wanting answers from the State Department: