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Did Hillary Clinton Employ a Private Intelligence Gatherer Who Has Promoted Brett Kimberlin?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:36 pm

At the Weekly Standard, Mark Hemingway has a piece titled: Meet the Men Behind Hillary Clinton’s Private ‘Spy Network’.

Two big Clinton stories landed last week. The first is that Hillary Clinton destroyed the electronic copies of her State Department emails on her private server after the State Department subpoenaed her emails. The second is that Hillary Clinton had an aide running a “secret spy network” that was, among other things, feeding her information on Benghazi, according to a report by Pro Publica and Gawker. Earlier this month, I noted the myriad ways that Clinton running her own private email server breathes new life into the Benghazi investigation, but this last revelation takes things to a whole new level.

Specifically, this new report suggests that three men — Sidney Blumenthal, Tyler Drumhiller, and Cody Shearer — were involved in her private intelligence gathering efforts. Each of these men has a reputation for being associated with scandal.

Regarding Shearer, Hemingway says:

And two, Slate also notes that “it was Shearer who, during the 1992 presidential campaign, introduced the world–through the unlikely medium of Doonesbury–to Brett Kimberlin. Kimberlin, you may recall, was the convicted bomber, habitual liar, and all-around sociopath who claimed to have sold drugs to Dan Quayle. Was Shearer acting on behalf of the legendary Clinton ‘opposition research’ outfit, which had floated damaging rumors during the ’92 primaries about Paul Tsongas’ health and Jerry Brown’s drug use? Or was he just an enthusiastic free-lancer?” In recent years, Kimberlin has been involved in number of frivolous lawsuits aimed at shutting down conservative blogs.

Kimberlin’s Justice Through Music has in the past claimed a relationship with the Hillary Clinton-era State Department:

MAY 24, 2012 – JTMP has been a participant in the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Programfor 3 years now, where citizens from around the world involved in the arts get to come to America and visit to learn about the role of arts in the US. This year we had visitors that came from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia to see how Justice Through Music Project uses art to raise awareness on issues, and to bring about social change. This year’s contingent had musicians, playwrights, and people involved in art production. We gave them a presentation and showed them many of our musical art videos that deal with politics and issues, while we spoke about how we operate and produce our art videos. We then showed them how we use this art on our website and YouTube channel to raise awareness on an issue to help bring about positive social change.

It would be interesting to know just how close that relationship was.

26 Responses to “Did Hillary Clinton Employ a Private Intelligence Gatherer Who Has Promoted Brett Kimberlin?”

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (15be32)

  2. Ooooo, oooooo, I know how! I know how!

    SPQR (909322)

  3. I wish I thought for one instant that the Democrats were going to dump that shrill bitch. However, he continued career after Bubba faded into the background tells me that she has something on the Democrat leadership. It wasn’t quite enough to get her the nomination over Barak “I never met a Third World Piss-Up I Didn’t want to add urine to” Obama, but the only other name I’m hearing mentioned is that deranged pseudo-indian.

    C. S. P. Schofield (a196fd)

  4. How much money would it take to flip Kimberlin and get him to claim he provided Hillary with thousand-unit lots of prescription sedatives?

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  5. So, Pat, opening shot or ongoing salvo?

    jakee308 (49ccc6)

  6. Arrest him, put him under oath and question him. Repeat as necessary until somebody talks.

    f1guyus (9cbd15)

  7. I’ve always suspected a link, back from Weinerama days.
    Nothing but intuition and speculation. So this is very interesting.

    The Clintons are basically gangsters. Nothing would surprise me less.

    She hasn’t got a prayer of being the nominee which is just too bad. She’s about the only person I can think of on the left that is so universally unappealing so as to be reliably defeatable.

    SarahW (6f3980)

  8. The Clintons have a scum magnet. In the Air Force that was sometimes referred to as “Magnet ass.” The inference was that anti-aircraft shrapnel had an affinity for the described pilot. In the Clinton’s case the substance attracted cannot be described on a family blog but it is attracted just the same.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  9. National Soros Radio wants you to understand the following

    Clinton’s Email Drama Hasn’t Had Much Effect On 2016 Prospects

    how do they know?

    first they note the new developments in these matters involving her destruction of government documents

    South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy’s Select Committee on Benghazi announced Friday in a statement that Hillary Clinton had wiped her private email server clean; that the committee is getting no additional emails from her; that it’s leaving open the possibility of a third-party investigation; and that Republicans are promising to bring Clinton in for more questioning.

    yes that would be Friday 3/27

    and for to prove it has had no affect what evidence does NPR propaganda slut Domenico Montanaro share with us?

    In the nearly three weeks since Clinton’s hotly watched news conference at the United Nations, there have been three major polls conducted dealing with Clinton and the emails specifically — CNN/ORC, Reuters/Ipsos and CBS.

    CNN’s, conducted March 13 to 15 — less than a week after Clinton’s news conference — showed that Clinton continued to lead Republican contenders in numbers similar to her lead before the news broke, and she saw just a slight decline in her favorability ratings from the prior poll.

    yup they base this claim on poll data almost 3 weeks old

    this is journalism in failmerica anymore

    happyfeet (831175)

  10. Well, ya know what they say, loose lips and all that. I think this is an interesting story that will yield future posts.

    How much money would it take to flip Kimberlin

    Amusing! But if one has assets one wouldn’t be judgment proof, so money isn’t going to do the trick for some situations. And while you’re kidding, there are fruit loops out there saying all kinds of things about Obama and Hillary. The media ignores them (as it usually should). What’s remarkable is that the media did not ignore an obvious lie about Bush 41, right at the moment of maximum election impact, quite like with Rathergate in 2004, and quite unlike with the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

    Dustin (2a8be7)

  11. When I read about all the sleaze hovering above and around characters like Hillary and Bill, Barack and his minions — but particularly Sniper-Fire Hillary (and her “vast rightwing conspiracy”—because, hmm, maybe it takes one to know one) — I start thinking of people and places (ie, banana republics) like this…, January 2015: In an abrupt about-face, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner claimed Thursday that the prosecutor who turned up dead in the nation just days after accusing her of pursuing a secret deal to bury Iran’s alleged role in a 1994 bombing at a Buenos Aires Jewish center did not commit suicide.

    In the latest twist in a story that has transfixed the country, Mrs. Kirchner asserted that Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor found early Monday with a bullet wound in his head, was killed by nefarious actors trying to smear her.

    While she stopped short of saying who may have pulled the trigger, Mrs. Kirchner suggested the assassination was carried out by someone who wanted it to appear as if she or others in her government were responsible. Whoever it was, she wrote in a letter posted on her presidential website, they used Mr. Nisman “while he was alive, and then they needed him dead.”

    Don’t cry for us (or Hillary, et al), Argentina.

    Mark (80d334)

  12. you’re behind the mark, they’re accusing of getting kickbacks and spending it on hookers,

    narciso (ee1f88)

  13. Kimberlin and Clinton, the universe is whole again

    Pro-se meets Pro tem

    EPWJ (9dacda)

  14. I wish I knew what in Sam Hill the so-called Justice For Music Project is really about. It has no cultural impact whatsoever. If it did, it would attract attention as being a nonprofit headed by a serial felon. But it’s so far under the radar to be undetectable to anyone who isn’t actually searching for it.

    JTMP seems to me like a shingle hung out to justify reaping who knows how many thousands of dollars, but what FOR? I can’t figure out if Kimberlin’s actually doing something for somebody or if it’s a payoff for the Quayle slander.

    L.N. Smithee (291dc4)

  15. Back in the day, Sid relied on the KGB’s favorite think tank to flavor his bonmots,

    narciso (ee1f88)

  16. Oh, by the by:

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton e-mailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal e-mail address on a homebrew server so that she could carry a single device, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press…

    She lied.

    Steve57 (b69525)

  17. Finger shaking, HRC will intone that she did not have e-mail with that device.

    Sort of like her husband’s dalliances?

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  18. remember one of Sid’s first gigs, was on the 70s version of the 9/11 denialist, the Kennedy assassination conspiracist, which put him in contact with Phillip Agee, the first of the Snowden predecessors, then contracted to the Cuban DGI

    narciso (ee1f88)

  19. narciso @ 11.

    very interesting:

    That wasn’t done to discredit what “Sidney Blumenthal” wrote. That was done to promote support for the pro-Russian opposition in Georgia.

    That’s just another indication that all of the leaked Blumenthal emails are Russian forgeries.

    There’s no indication that he was lobbying for a pro-Putin Georgian billionaire. The only basis for that is another one of the e-mails supposedly hacked by “Guccifer” that was revealed to the world by a pro-Putin media source!! With no clues left that could enable you to verify or disprove their authenticity.

    … the hacker opted not to send the actual Word files to those on the e-mail blast list (likely as a security measure since the downloaded files could contain metadata that could lead to the hacker, who is the target of a mushrooming federal criminal investigation).

    Instead, “Guccifer” copied the text from the four Blumenthal memos and pasted them into separate new files. The hacker then made screen grabs of the new files and e-mailed those to the names on the weekend distribution list. As seen above, “Guccifer” made sure, of course, to choose the despised Comic Sans font (and a pink background) when recreating the memos sent to Clinton by Blumenthal, who is pictured at left with the Clintons.

    Nothing, nothing, nothing at all, links those files to Sidney Blumenthal except the word of source that did some genuione hacking. But in the other cases, he apparently didn’t do all that – cut and pasting the files and then taking screen grabs of what he did.

    Guccifer may have been a real hacker, but I don’t believe any of that stuffcame from him. The IP address of the Blumenthal e-mails traced back to Russia, but Guccifer was in Romania!

    Now I think that means he was either impersonated, or was working for Russia, because only someone who was working with or for Russia would run any of his hacking communications through Russia.

    Russian criminals, independent from Putin maybe? Even so, they or he could have been turned then.

    Logic also argues for Russian forgeries. There’s not a particle of specific checkable secret information in the Blumenthal emails, nor any opinion (as opposed to facts and possible facts)- except maybe the address (which may not have come from them – the Smoking Gun didn’t publicize it )

    And also, you’d maybe have to believe that was a real address used by Karl Rove.

    The hacker’s e-mails went to hundreds of recipients, though the distribution lists were dotted with addresses for aides to Senate and House members who are no longer in office. But many of the addresses to which the Blumenthal memos were sent are good (though it is unclear whether is a solid address for the Republican mastermind).

    his indicates the email sender had a lot of e-mail addresses but probably hadn’t hacked into them, and many of these addresses were obtained some time before.

    No, all of these things are FSB forgeries.

    Sammy Finkelman (033fec)

  20. — Hillary Rodham Clinton e-mailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal e-mail address on a homebrew server so that she could carry a single device, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press…

    That’s not the BIG LIE. After all, she used an iPad in 2011, and the email seems to indicate it was new to her then. (but that may have been a deliberate lie)

    No, the BIG LIE is the claim, in Clinton lawyer David Kendall’s letter:

    …that Hillary Clinton used only one e-mail address for everything (throughout her tenure I assume. Note he doesn’t say that was the only one was the only one she used during her entire tenure at the State Department, only that the other one that Gowdy Committee has,, was created only in March, 2013 after the hdr22 email address had been published, and that it appears on all the paper printouts only for the reason that she had changed from one to the other.

    The emails that were just revealed are not from the committee. They came in response to a 2013 AP Freedom of Information Request about her communications with other State Department officials about drones. The State Department had indicated that it wasn’t going to redo any of the old ones, but maybe they hadn’t responded to it yet, or maybe the AP resubmitted it.

    So that turned up an e-mail in which Huma Abedin had forwarded to her a newspaperr article with drones in the title at 9:16 am on a Sunday.

    Evidently, this one: (from one or another source)

    Hillary replies at 9:28 am with something about buying benches or boxes or other containers (or boxes/baskets/containers to be on top of a bench and shelves or something)

    And Huma Abedin asks if she meant to send that to her.

    And then Hillary tells her, no.

    And adds:

    Also, pls let me know if you got a reply from my ipad, ‘m not sure replies go thru

    That seems to indicate that Huma Abedin sent an e-mail message (about something else – not this!!) to Hillary Clinton’s ipad.

    Hillary’s excuse for asking if Huma Abedin received her other e-mail message may be a lie. It may be intended for anyone later seeing the message, (and they are going to see it I suspect she suspects because I suspectit was sent TO Huma Abedin’s State Department address) so these later readers should think that Huma Abedin’s email to Hillary Clinton’s ipad was an experiment.

    The real reason she isn’t sure Huma Abedin got her reply to the secret message is because she had just selected the wrong e-mail address on her smartphone and not noticed it, amd and now she wondered if she had done that on her ipad too, where it was easier to select the wrong address. Maybe she thought she just wasn’t alert that morning, and she did it twice. And it was very important to ask, because she didn’t want anyone else to see that other email.

    It wasn’t that she wasn’t sure replies go through – it was that she wasn’t sure, it went to the right person! <

    I don’t know, Maybe you have some other ideas. But one thing is clear: Huma Abedin had sent an e-mail to Hillary Clinton’s ipad (it’s something that elicited a “reply”) and Hillary Clinton hadat least attempted to send her a reply from that ipad.

    Sammy Finkelman (033fec)

  21. * That should be:

    Also, pls let me know if you got a reply from my ipad, I’m not sure replies go thru

    Sammy Finkelman (033fec)

  22. I may be late to the party, but did Brett Kimberlin know Vince Foster?

    bob (93b49b)

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