Libyan documents appear to show close ties between Qaddafi and CIA, MI6 (VIDEO)
The Western intelligence agencies used Qaddafi's regime to interrogate suspected militants and aided in tracking down Libyan rebels, including a top rebel military official, according to papers found in a Tripoli office.
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Both the CIA and MI6 also aided Qaddafi's regime in tracking down Libyan dissidents, including Abdul Hakim Belhadj, now a senior military official in the rebel government. Mr. Belhadj, also known as Abdullah al-Sadiq, was seized by the CIA – though apparently based on British intelligence – in March 2004 and dispatched to Libya, reports the Financial Times.Skip to next paragraph
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The [British] memo’s author congratulates Mr. Koussa on “the arrival of Abu ‘Abd Allah Sadiq”, according to Human Rights Watch. Another document Mr. Bouckaert discovered, apparently authored by a CIA agent in early March, describes a plan to “take control” of Mr Belhadj and his pregnant wife in Bangkok and deliver them to Libya.
The document says Britain will ignore a request from Washington that all information from the suspect should be channeled through the US. The MI6 officer asserts: “the intelligence about Abu ‘Abd Allah was British.”
Although the documents have not been independently verified, the Times notes that in an interview Wednesday, Belhadj gave a description of his incarceration in Libya that matches the details in the documents. In the interview, Belhadj also said he was tortured by two CIA agents in Libya.
Al Jazeera reports that in 2006, Tony Blair's government invited two of Qaddafi's sons, Khamis and Saadi, to visit the headquarters of Britain's Special Air Service (SAS) special forces unit for "VIP demonstrations" by the SAS. However, the Ministry of Defence says those visits never ended up taking place.
Both the CIA and MI6 declined to comment on the documents, though CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood said: “It can’t come as a surprise that the Central Intelligence Agency works with foreign governments to help protect our country from terrorism and other deadly threats.”