Eight years before this week's abrupt jailing of Shkreli for offering Facebook followers a $5,000 bounty for a sample of Clinton's hair, then-Secretary of State Clinton requested that American diplomats collect "biometric information" — such as DNA — from their foreign counterparts, classified documents show.
Those documents detailing a U.S. diplomatic spy effort, obtained in 2010 by Wikileaks, offer yet another bizarre twist to the already bizarre story of how convicted fraudster Shkreli had his $5 million release bond revoked Wednesday night.
Shkreli, 34, last week in a Facebook post, urged his 70,000 or so followers to grab some of Clinton's hair during her ongoing book tour — and said he would pay $5,000 per hair.
"I must confirm the sequences I already have," wrote Shkreli, who in posts a week before said he had Clinton's DNA and suggested he planned to clone her.
Shkreli later claimed the hair bounty offer was a joke. But unamused federal prosecutors asked a judge to revoke his $5 million bail, saying he was a danger to the community.
Judge Kiyo Matsumoto, agreed Wednesday, despite lengthy arguments by Shkreli's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, that Shkreli was not violent and did not represent a danger to Clinton or anyone else.
Shkreli now is incarcerated in a Brooklyn, New York, federal jail, where he will await a Jan. 16 sentencing for his conviction in August on securities fraud charges related to hedge funds and a drug company he ran.
Meanwhile, Clinton is continuing to promote her new book about the 2016 presidential election, "What Happened."
What happened in July 2009, according to the Wikileaks documents, is that a State Department cable issued under Clinton's name to American diplomats "called for detailed biometric information 'on key [United Nation's] officials, to include undersecretaries, heads of specialised agencies and their chief advisers," The Guardian newspaper reported in 2010.
Biometric information was also desired from permanent Security Council representatives from China, Russia, France and the United Kingdom, the newspaper reported.
"A parallel directive sent to diplomats in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi said biometric data included DNA, fingerprints and iris scans," the Guardian noted at that time.
Shkreli's lawyer declined to comment Thursday when CNBC asked about disclosures in the Wikileaks documents regarding Clinton and the State Department.
CNBC has reached out to representatives for Clinton seeking comment.