WikiLeaks’ release of thousands of hacked DNC emails marred the Democratic National Convention, but those emails may be the least of Hillary Clinton’s troubles. According to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, emails obtained by WikiLeaks offer damning evidence that while Secretary of State, Clinton allowed weapons to get into the hands of Syrian jihadists including ISIS.
Speaking on Democracy Now, Assange said:
So, those Hillary Clinton emails, they connect together with the cables that we have published of Hillary Clinton, creating a rich picture of how Hillary Clinton performs in office, but, more broadly, how the U.S. Department of State operates. So, for example, the disastrous, absolutely disastrous intervention in Libya, the destruction of the Gaddafi government, which led to the occupation of ISIS of large segments of that country, weapons flows going over to Syria, being pushed by Hillary Clinton, into jihadists within Syria, including ISIS, that’s there in those emails. There’s more than 1,700 emails in Hillary Clinton’s collection, that we have released, just about Libya alone.
The new information, if true, would seemingly contradict statements Hillary Clinton made to Kentucky Senator Rand Paul in 2013, in which the Secretary of State denied, under oath, any knowledge of weapons being run into Syria.
Here’s a transcript of the exchange:
Sen. Rand Paul: My question is, is the US involved in any procuring of weapons, transfer of weapons, buying, selling anyhow transferring weapons to Turkey out of Libya?
Hillary Clinton: To Turkey? I’ll have to take that question for the record. That’s, nobody’s ever raised that with me.
Sen. Rand Paul: It’s been in news reports that ships have been leaving from Libya and that they may have weapons. And what I’d like to know is, that annex that was close by, were they involved with procuring, buying, selling, obtaining weapons and were any of these weapons being transferred to other countries? Any countries, Turkey included?
Hillary Clinton: Well, Senator you’ll have to direct that question to the agency that ran the annex. And, I will see what information was available.
Sen. Rand Paul: You’re saying you don’t know?
Hillary Clinton: I do not know. I don’t have any information on that.