The Address | Benghazi – Libya
WASHINGTON – Newly released emails of the former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, revealed that the former head of the National Transitional Council (TNC), Mustafa Abdel Jalil and his advisors were in contact with the Supreme Leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed Badie and his advisers.
The U.S. State Department released on Sunday a number of classified emails of the former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, after the current State Secretary Mike Pompeo announced the decision on Friday.
Clinton, who held the post from 2008 until 2014, faced controversy over using a private email server for official public communications in the wake of the investigation over the 2012 Benghazi attack.
According to an email dated April 3, 2012, Abdel Jalil reached out to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood to address the reports he had received that the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood was communicating with Badie and his advisers for support.
According to the Clinton email, Abdel Jalil and the former Libyan Prime Minister, Abdul Rahim El-Kib, were members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood during their school days in Egypt.
The email was forwarded to Clinton by her advisor Jacob Sullivan, who originally sent it to US diplomats Jeffery Feltman and Chris Stevens. The latter is the late US ambassador to Libya was killed in the 2012 Benghazi terror attack on the US Mission.
In the email, Sullivan cites “a very sensitive source within the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood” who confirmed that Badie and Abdel Jalil had held talks in an attempt to develop a plan to deal with the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood.
Abdel Jalil told Badie that the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood and its political arm the Justice and Construction Party were more intolerant to foreign businesses and banking interests than the TNC, adding that the competition in the Libyan parliamentary elections in July of 2012 will strengthen Abdelhakim Belhaj and other conservative Islamists, which will negatively affect the Libyan economy, and in turn will cause problems for Egypt as it recovers from its revolution in 2011.
According to the email, Abdel Jalil confirmed that the TNC had succeeded at this stage in avoiding an outbreak of violence between the competing groups, even in the face of the federal movement in eastern Libya on the border region with Egypt, and warned that the victory of the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood and its political arm might change this, which will lead to an increase in violence between the rival militias that could be washed into Egypt.