Via Weekly Standard:
Among the emails released by the State Department today was one sent by Hillary Clinton to Jake Sullivan on April 8, 2011. Clinton was forwarding a private intelligence report that Sidney Blumenthal had sent her with the subject line: “UK game playing; new rebel strategists; Egypt moves in.”
In the State Department release today, Clinton responds with “FYI” and a sentence that is redacted.
But the New York Times posted its versions of the emails earlier this week and the sentence is not redacted. In the Times’s version the redacted sentence reads: “FYI. The idea of using private security experts to arm the opposition should be considered.”
The redaction in the State Department version is labeled a “B5” Freedom of Information Act exception, which provides for a “deliberative privilege” in keeping the information from the public.
The obvious question: Why did the State Department redact that sentence?
Let me offer an obvious suggestion. We had ‘private security experts’ operating in Benghazi at the behest of the government, who many have supposed were helping to arm the opposition. If one saw that sentence in the email, it would appear to be Hillary endorsing the impermissible at the time, interfering in the war in Syria.
Maybe the better question is, why is the State Department redacting this? There is nothing classified in that sentence. The only reason for redacting it would be to clean up after Mrs. Clinton.
So we are getting emails and yet we are not getting the full emails, because the State Department is still covering them up….