Clinton confidant Sid Blumenthal claims that the Libyan rebels are poised to win the civil war, but they are short on money and thus unable to provide humanitarian assistance in the areas they control. European countries are offering aid, but they want to tie it to future economic concessions, especially regarding Libya’s large oil industry.
Blumenthal then discusses how the Libyan rebels have signed an agreement with the US-based Osprey Security Group to provide emergency medical care and humanitarian assistance. He doesn’t mention that he is a business partner in Osprey. Mahmoud Jibril is the political head of the rebel Transitional National Council (TNC), and Blumenthal says that “Jibril’s advisors believe that the use of this American firm will not only allow the TNC to meet a pressing need, but will also serve to cement good relations with the US government and business community.”
Clinton sends two replies to Blumenthal the same day, but oddly, when both emails will be released by the State Department in 2016, they lack any heading or reply areas and are just exact copies of Blumenthal’s original email. (US Department of State, 1/7/2016) (US Department of State, 1/7/2016) (US Department of State, 1/7/2016)