Sensitive Benghazi emails released in Christmas Eve document dump

It’s nice to have friends in high places.

On Christmas Eve 16 sensitive documents were released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The emails were largely edited with redacted text and discussed various topics such as the 2012 Benghazi attacks and American terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, according to The Hill.

Other emails include periodic press clippings about the state of Benghazi in the years after the incident, which were meant to give staffers “situational awareness.”

Another document released Thursday is a memo to the State Department that shows the DNI signed off on a proposal to revoke al-Awlaki’s U.S. passport about seven and a half months before he was killed by the U.S. in a 2011 drone strike in Yemen.

News that al-Awlaki’s passport was revoked by the State Department before he was killed was reported back in 2012. In the 2011 memo, released Thursday, the DNI told the State Department that it “concurs with the proposal to revoke the U.S. passport of Anwar Nasser al-Aulaqi.”

A previously released Justice Department memo from that time found that the government did not see any constitutional problems with killing al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen, because of his alleged leadership roles with al Qaeda.

Social media was not surprised by the protective timing of the release.

Carmine Sabia


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