Specifically, this new report suggests that three men -- Sidney Blumenthal, Tyler Drumhiller, and Cody Shearer -- were involved in her private intelligence gathering efforts. Each of these men has a reputation for being associated with scandal.
We only know about Clinton's spy ring because a hacker who goes by the moniker "Guccifer" hacked the email account of former Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal and posted his emails online. (Guccifer is now serving a prison sentence in his native Romania.) Guccifer's emails reveal Blumenthal was providing Clinton with detailed intelligence briefings on events in the Middle East and running the ad hoc spy ring. This arrangement is very curious, considering that the Obama White House made it clear that they didn't want Blumenthal working for the administration after Hillary Clinton previously tried to formally hire him to work at the State Department.
So Hillary Clinton was getting intelligence briefings on the side from someone the former CIA director made great pains single out as untrustworthy. And yet, there's one more troubling member of this spy network. According to the Gawker/Pro Publica report:
In one exchange in March 2013, Blumenthal emailed Drumheller, “Thanks. Can you send Libya report.” Drumheller replied, “Here it is, pls do not share it with Cody. … It is on the Maghreb and Libya.” Cody is Cody Shearer, a longtime Clinton family operative—his brother was an ambassador under Bill Clinton and his now-deceased sister is [sic] married to Clinton State Department official Strobe Talbott—who was in close contact with Blumenthal.
Who is Cody Shearer? This Slate article from 1999 provides a lot of background on him, none of which is reassuring. The Shearer family has long had close ties to the Clintons; Strobe Talbott was a friend of Bill Clinton dating back to his time Oxford. In 1998, just before Kathleen Willey -- who claimed she was sexually assaulted by Bill Clinton -- was to testify in the Paula Jones trial, Willey reportedly had a disturbing encounter where she was approached by a jogger near her home.
The complete stranger asked her menacing questions about her children, before Willey blurted out "What do you want? What is it you want to know? Who are you and what do you want to know?" According to Willey,
"I'll never forget that look in his eyes ... He just looked at me and he said, 'You're just not getting the message, are you?'"
On Hardball in 1999, MSNBC host Chris Matthews identified the mysterious jogger as Cody Shearer.