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Libya:The day Gaddafi’s fate was doomed – Interview + Related News

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Laaska News  Sept. 6,2011              AUDIO
Libyan and Western intelligence work hand-in-glove – Libyan government
The day Gaddafi’s fate was doomed

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 Gennady Yevstafyev, retired Lieutenant-General of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service:

They have found a chance to convince the chief of Gaddafi’s intelligence, Mr. Moussa Koussa, who betrayed, by the way, Gaddafi right at the beginning of the Libyan crisis, to convince to renounce nuclear weapons.

CIA and British worked with Moussa Koussa to remove the nuclear equipment and nuclear materials from Libya, and one of the people I used to know very well, Mr. Stephen Kappes who was first Deputy Head of the CIA, was part of the negotiations.

That was a serious achievement in the field of non-proliferation.

Maybe that was the day when Gaddafi’s fate was doomed, because they came to the conclusion that it is time to remove Gaddafi altogether.
Sep 5, 2011


Libyan and Western intelligence work hand-in-glove – Libyan government


Gladkov Vladimir

While the fall of Tripoli may be seen as a long-awaited success for the NATO forces, it has also revealed facts which Western governments would prefer to stay undiscovered forever. A cache of classified documents found in an abandoned office of Libya’s external security agency reveals the cooperation that went on between Libyan intelligence and a number of Western intelligence agencies including the CIA, the MI6 and even Canada’s service. The papers document not only exchanges of information between agencies, but also the controversial rendition program of the Western governments – the interrogations of terror suspects in third-party countries. The discovery became an unwelcomed surprise for the West since it clearly proves that neither Washington nor London hesitated to apply double standards. The fact that there was a contact between Porter Goss, the former CIA director, and the former head of Libyan intelligence Moussa Koussa is extremely hard to explain by US officials.

The papers found by the staff of Human Rights Watch describe the cooperation between Libyan and Western agencies after Libya had abandoned its program of building weapons of mass destruction in 2004. According to the documents, the Libyan intelligence was providing Western agencies with information about al-Qaeda, while, in exchange, receiving data on alleged Islamic radicals involved in anti-Gaddafi activity in the West. The discovery of the link between the former boss of Libyan intelligence and the heads of CIA and MI6 was a shocking twist for many.

“Moussa Koussa was on a first-name basis with the CIA and MI6,” said Peter Bouckaert, a representative of Human Rights Watch. “There’s Christmas greetings in here. There’s documents saying, ‘Thanks for the oranges you sent.'”

While an exchange of holiday greetings between the alleged enemies would give enough of a headache to the MI6 and CIA, the discovered documents provide basis for even stronger accusations. According to the CIA document, found among the papers, the US, the UK and Libya have worked together on the rendition program. Since both London and Washington have always been eager to accuse other governments of violating human rights, it is hard to explain their involvement in sending the suspects to a country known for its brutal treatment of prisoners. According to the State Department’s 2005 report on human rights in Libya “Security forces reportedly subjected detainees to cruel, inhumane, or degrading conditions and denied adequate medical care, which led to several deaths in custody.” Now the New York Times report that the discovered documents prove that the United States “sent terror suspects at least eight times for questioning in Libya despite that country’s reputation for torture.”

The recent statement of Abdul Hakim Belhaj – a commander of the rebel militia in Tripoli, only poured more oil into the fire. Belhaj wants an apology from London and Washington for his rendition to Tripoli and torture.

The documents also revealed the surprising details of the Lockerbie terrorist attack of 1988, which resulted in death of 270 people. According to the discovered papers, the former Libyan Intelligence officer al-Megrahi, sentenced to life imprisonment for setting up the attack, had been framed by Gaddafi, who needed a scapegoat to restore his relations with the West.

However, this revelation will hardly draw public attention from another piece of evidence of the well known fact that the most zealous preachers of the human rights never hesitate to violate the said rights and principles whenever they need t do so.
Sep 5, 2011


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