On May 17, 2011, a confidential e-mail from Blumenthal addressed to "Hillary" provided information about Syria that Blumenthal claimed had not been reported previously.
His memo relayed reports of strained relations between Syria's top leaders and a wing of Hamas. He also included in the e-mail "a private report" from "Stratfor," a private intelligence consulting firm, that mentioned Syrian attacks on the Palestinian accord and the moderate wing of Hamas. Stratfor provides "risk analysis" to private clients and government agencies, according to its Web site.
Blumenthal's distribution of private intelligence on Syria echoed his previously circulated communications with Secretary Clinton on Libya. Those e-mails, first posted online in 2013 by a Romanian hacker, were discussed for hours during a televised inquiry by a House special committee into the raid on a U.S. post in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.
In his many e-mails about Libya, Blumenthal often referred to information about the country passed to him by a former CIA operative, Tyler Drumheller, who had formed a private intelligence consulting firm in Washington before his death earlier this year.
Republican members of the Special Committee investigating the deaths in Libya suggested that Clinton relied on Blumenthal's information for most of her intelligence about Libya, a claim the Washington Post's Fact Checker labeled false.
Alice Crites contributed to this report.