Sunday, 4 September 2011

Secret files show MI6 ties with Gaddafi

Secret files found in the private office of Moussa Koussa, former head of Libya's intelligence service, have revealed very close intelligence connection between the British government and Gaddafi regime.

Human Rights Watch discovered the files in Koussa's office who had defected to Britain earlier this year, showing the British MI6 and the US intelligence service, CIA, had regular contacts with the Libyan intelligence.

One file disclosed that prisoners were proposed to Libya for “brutal interrogation” by the Libyan regime “under the highly controversial rendition program,” and also showed that MI6 has passed the details of Muammar Gaddafi's exiled foes living in Britain to the regime.

Another file demonstrated the details of Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's meeting with Gaddafi in 2004, showing that the UK government had demanded the 2004 meeting to be held in a Bedouin tent.

"No 10 are keen that the Prime Minister [would] meet the Leader in the tent.”

"I don't know why the English are fascinated by tents. The plain fact is that the journalists would love it," a letter from an MI6 officer said.

The news will lead to questions over Koussa, who was acting as a double agent for the MI6 and the CIA for a decade and has been accused of human rights abuse. Analysts formerly expressed their wonder over Koussa's case, wondering how he was allowed to escape to Britain and then fly to Qatar.

The documents unveiled the close relationships between Koussa and the British intelligence. Several letters and faxes sent to him headed “Greetings from MI6,” “Greetings from SIS” and a personal Christmas note from a leading British spy signed as "Your friend.”

Once the UK intelligence sent a letter, dated back to 16 April 2004, to an official at the International Affairs Department of Libyan security, saying, "We wish to inform you that Ismail KAMOKA @ SUHAIB [possibly referring to an alias being used] was released from detention on 18th March 2004. A panel of British judges ruled that KAMOKA was not a threat to national security in the UK and subsequently released him. We are content for you to inform [a Libyan intelligence official] of KAMOKA's release."

The most notable file was a statement by Gaddafi when he revealed he would give up his nuclear program and vowed to destroy his stock of chemical and biological weapons.

"We will take these steps in a manner that is transparent and verifiable. Libya affirms and will abide by commitments... when the world is celebrating the birth of Jesus, and as a token of contribution to a world full of peace, security, stability, and compassion the greater Jamhiriya renews its honest call for a WMD free zone in the Middle East and Africa," Gaddafi said.

Surprisingly, the statement was drafted by the British officials. A covering letter that addressed the Department of International Relations and Safety in Tripoli, read, "For the sake of clarity, please find attached a tidied up version of the language we agreed on Tuesday. I wanted to ensure that you had the same script."