Who is Sid­ney Blu­men­thal?

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He is the fiercely loyal and deeply con­nected for­mer aide to Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton and has played many roles – both of­fi­cially and un­of­fi­cially – for the Clin­tons.

But de­spite his prox­im­ity to power, Blu­men­thal re­mains rel­a­tively un­known out­side elite po­lit­i­cal and media cir­cles.

A trea­sure trove of Clin­ton emails, re­leased by the US State Depart­ment, re­vealed new de­tails about the ex­tent to which Blu­men­thal had un­of­fi­cially ad­vised Hil­lary Clin­ton on sev­eral is­sues dur­ing her ten­ure with the

agency, in­clud­ing act­ing as a go-be­tween to try to per­suade the for­mer sec­re­tary of state to help sup­port Tony Blair’s bid to be­come EU pres­i­dent.

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