A second secret email address used by Hillary Rodham Clinton while she was secretary of state was revealed Monday.
The email address, “firstname.lastname@example.org,” was used in exchanges between Clinton and longtime adviser Sidney Blumenthal, and is from the same private email server, “@clintonemail.com,” that was uncovered earlier this year.
She forwarded at least three emails from her second uncovered email address to her deputy chief of staff, Jake Sullivan, at his “Sullivanjj@state.gov” government email address while she was secretary of state.
Clinton has already come under fire for using her private email address “email@example.com” to conduct her official business while she was secretary of state.
The first private email use was seen as a breach of protocol. Clinton’s advisers handed over 55,000 pages of emails to the State Department so they could comply with an investigation. But, according to Vice News, those emails will not be made public until January 15, 2016.
Clinton admitted to deleting more than 30,000 other emails, claiming they were personal after she decided which emails on her private email server were “personal” or “work-related.” Clinton also reportedly wiped her private email server clean, according to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who chairs the House Select Benghazi Committee.
“Fyi. The idea of using private security experts to arm the opposition should be considered,” Clinton wrote Blumenthal from the newly exposed email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
The two were discussing strategies to help the opposition rebels oust former Prime Minister Moammar Khadafy of Libya as that country descended into chaos in 2011.
In a 2015 letter to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Clinton’s lawyer acknowledged that the hrod17 email address existed, but stated explicitly that it was “not an address that existed during Secretary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.”
As the Republican National Committee (RNC) pointed out, Hillary Clinton’s office also claimed that her “email@example.com” account was created in March of 2013.
Clinton served as secretary of state from January 2009 to February 2013. According to the documents released by The Times, the emails she sent through “firstname.lastname@example.org” were sent in 2011 and 2012, showing that the time stamps and content of the messages make the inaccuracy of this statement apparent.
In another email after Blumenthal suggested the new Libyan leader, Mohamed Magariaf, would “seek a discrete relationship with Israel,” Clinton wrote to her deputy Jake Sullivan, “If true, this is encouraging. Should consider passing to Israelis,” according to The Times.
Another email revealed that in May 2011, Blumenthal sent Clinton a memo reporting that affiliates of Al Qaeda in Libya were plotting attacks in revenge for the United States’ killing of Osama bin Laden. Clinton forwarded the email to Sullivan, saying that it was “disturbing, if true.” Sullivan questioned its accuracy, but said he would share with others.
Exposing a second private email account could potentially increase the scrutiny of Clinton as she runs for President in the upcoming election.