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May 22, 2015

U.S. State Department posts first set of Hillary Clinton emails online

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime friend of Hillary Clinton who was an unofficial adviser while she was secretary of state, promised to cooperate with a congressional committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

Blumenthal, a former senior adviser on President Bill Clinton’s White House staff, sent private intelligence reports on Libya, prepared by a former senior CIA officer, to Hillary Clinton before and after the attacks, which killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

May 22, 2015

Clinton friend promises cooperation with panel probing Benghazi attacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime friend of Hillary Clinton who was an unofficial adviser while she was secretary of state, promised to cooperate with a congressional committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

Blumenthal, a former senior adviser on President Bill Clinton’s White House staff, sent private intelligence reports on Libya, prepared by a former senior CIA officer, to Hillary Clinton before and after the attacks, which killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

May 21, 2015

Domestic surveillance powers in peril as U.S. Congress fights

WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) – The future of the U.S.
government’s power to spy on Americans’ phone calls and finances
was up in the air on Thursday as Congress fought over proposed
reforms, with no clear outcome in sight.

Lawmakers appeared to be close to deadlock over the central
question of how far citizens’ privacy rights should be infringed
to protect the country from violent extremists.

May 21, 2015

CORRECTED: Bid to reunite Bin Laden and son before deadly raid – documents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Just one month before Osama bin Laden was killed at his Pakistani hideout by U.S. commandos in 2011, his aides tried to reunite him with a beloved son, Hamza, who had been held under house arrest in Iran, documents released on Wednesday show.

In a message dated April 2011 an al Qaeda operative named “Mahmud” wrote to bin Laden describing efforts he was making to smuggle his son, one of many children of the al Qaeda leader, to meet with him.

May 20, 2015

Bid to reunite Bin Laden and son before deadly raid: documents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Just one month before Osama bin Laden was killed at his Pakistani hideout by U.S. commandos in 2011, his aides tried to reunite him with a beloved son, Hamza, who had been held under house arrest in Iran, documents released on Wednesday show.

In a message dated April 2011 an al Qaeda operative named “Mahmud” wrote to bin Laden describing efforts he was making to smuggle his son, one of many children of the al Qaeda leader, to meet with him.

May 20, 2015

U.S. senators try to block extension of bulk data collection

WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) – Republican Rand Paul
interrupted debate in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday to make a
speech opposing legislation that would extend U.S. spy agencies’
collection of Americans’ telephone data.

Paul, a 2016 presidential candidate, was expected to keep
speaking until midnight, or later. As the hours passed, he was
joined by other legislators, including Democrat Ron Wyden, who
also want to convince the Senate not to extend provisions of the
USA Patriot Act that provide the legal basis for the collection
of billions of telephone call records.

May 20, 2015

Bin Laden fixated on attacking U.S. interests: documents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Osama bin Laden was fixated on attacking U.S. targets and pressured al Qaeda groups to heal local rivalries and focus on that cause, according to documents the United States says were seized in bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan and released on Wednesday.

A July 2010 letter, which was among the materials released by U.S. intelligence, showed that bin Laden pressed al Qaeda in Yemen, one of the group’s more active affiliates, to make peace with the government and focus on America.

May 20, 2015

Judge pressures State Department on Clinton emails release

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the U.S. State Department to produce a plan to release batches of Hillary Clinton’s emails from her time there, raising the prospect of months of drip-by-drip disclosures that could plague her presidential campaign.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras ordered the State Department to prepare a timetable by next week for the rolling release of the 55,000 pages of emails sent and received by Clinton, according to a court document.

May 20, 2015

Exclusive: U.S. House Benghazi panel subpoenas former Clinton White House aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional investigators have issued a subpoena demanding that former Clinton White House adviser Sidney Blumenthal testify next month before the U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

The subpoena, a copy of which was made available to Reuters, demands that Blumenthal appear before the House committee on June 3 to give a deposition. The subpoena is dated Monday but carries a notation indicating an unnamed deputy U.S. marshal served it on Blumenthal’s wife on Tuesday. 

May 19, 2015

U.S. judge pressures State Dept. on Clinton emails release

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the U.S. State Department to produce a plan to release batches of Hillary Clinton’s emails from her time there, raising the prospect of months of drip-by-drip disclosures that could plague her presidential campaign.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras ordered the State Department to come up with a timetable by next week for the rolling release of the 55,000 pages of emails, according to a