The Clinton emails that raise questions over France's Libyan war


Intriguing emails sent to then-US secretary of state Hillary Clinton shed revealing new light on the true motivations behind French president Nicolas Sarkozy's military intervention against the Libyan regime during the so-called Arab Spring of 2011. The messages, revealed as part of an ongoing US Congress probe into the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi in September 2012, show that France's head of state went to war for both military and economic reasons. They also show that the French intelligence services were active on the ground in the North African country to assist in the creation of a transitional government, while media-friendly French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy played the role of Sarkozy's personal representative in Libya. Thomas Cantaloube reports.

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A former American journalist and White House advisor sent Hillary Clinton detailed emails which shed new light on the reasons behind French president Nicolas Sarkozy's decision to intervene militarily in Libya in the spring of 2011. The messages are from veteran journalist Sidney Blumenthal, a one-time advisor to President Bill Clinton who joined the Clinton Foundation and who later worked with a group of American businessmen looking to win markets in Libya once its leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown. They were sent to Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state since 2008, about the situation in Libya.