Sidney Blumenthal, the Clinton ally who was the subject of relentless questions from a special congressional committee investigating the raid on U.S. facilities in Benghazi Libya, wrote to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about more Middle East hot spots than just Libya.

New Clinton e-mails released by the State Department on Friday show that Blumenthal, a Clinton family friend who worked in President Bill Clinton's administration, wrote a four-page memo about Syria and other Middle East countries.

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.