Not that there was ever much doubt. Three days after the Benghazi attack, the White House admitted it had pressured Google and YouTube to yank “Innocence of Muslims” as some sort of terms-of-use violation. Google refused. A week after that, having failed to twist a major corporation’s arm into censoring a politically unhelpful bit of free speech on its behalf, the State Department started running ads in Pakistan denouncing the movie, in hopes that jihadi savages would be appeased by the show of national contrition and not target any more embassies. Also around this time, YouTube did agree to censor “Innocence of Muslims” by blocking it in Egypt and Libya, the two nations that saw the most violent attacks on U.S. diplomats on September 11, 2012. Hillary Clinton had to have known about and signed off on all this, we naturally assumed. And now here’s evidence that she did: Although the message below is vague, I assume it’s referring to the ban that Google imposed on the video in Africa.
Leaning on corporate cronies to suppress Americans’ speech for political ends would be a disqualifying offense for a candidate in a sane world.
Fun fact: On the very day that e-mail was sent, the man who made “Innocence of Muslims” was arrested by the feds on a “parole violation.” Hillary’s leisure reading in the weeks before that was interesting too:
On 9/12/12, Hillary sends link on "Meet the Right-Wing Extremist Behind the Anti-Muslim Film" pic.twitter.com/cKYuaSg8ro
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) May 22, 2015
Then again, not all of what she was reading had to do with the Mohammed movie:
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) May 22, 2015
Exit question: Hillary was paying enough attention to Libya to know that her ambassador’s name was Chris Stevens, right? Right?
Update: Here’s a sneak preview of how the wider media’s going to relate to Hillary once First! Woman! President! fee-vah really gets going next year. If the text is too small in the tweets below, just click the images and it’ll enlarge. Quote: “HILL, can I ride on your lap to the White House?”
"This will be exciting when it's FOIA'd." pic.twitter.com/DANPxlACWd
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) May 22, 2015
— American Journalists Publish Chinese Propaganda (@JohnEkdahl) May 22, 2015