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Exactly How Tight Were Libya and the CIA? New Documents Reveal Secret "War on Terror" Relationship


 The US is taking the ousting of Gadhafi as a giant win, but new documents show that during the "War on Terror," the CIA and its Libyan counterpart in Gadhafi's government were two peas in a pod. Ironically, their working relationship was revealed by papers discovered at the office of the former dictator's spy chief. BBC:

The papers suggest the CIA abducted several suspected militants from 2002 to 2004 and handed them to Tripoli.

The UK's MI6 also apparently gave the Gaddafi regime details of dissidents.[...]

Thousands of pieces of correspondence from US and UK officials were uncovered by reporters and activists in an office apparently used by Moussa Koussa, who served for years as Col Gaddafi's spy chief before becoming foreign minister.

Rights groups have long accused him of involvement in atrocities, and had called on the UK to arrest him at the time.

The BBC's Kevin Connolly in Tripoli says the documents illuminate a short period when the Libyan intelligence agency was a trusted and valued ally of both MI6 and the CIA, with the tone of exchanges between agents breezy and bordering on the chummy.
Human Rights Watch accused the CIA of condoning torture.

 At this point, the discovery that the CIA has been involved in covert ops with governments with dubious human rights practices is the farthest thing from a shocker, but it's interesting that the papers were discovered at this point in time, when the US government is so outspoken about Gadhafi's atrocities. Read the full piece here.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at September 3, 2011, 7:33am

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