Friday, 2 September 2011

Secret files: US officials aided Gaddafi

Top secret documents from the Muammar Gaddafi regime were smuggled out of Libya's intelligence headquarters by al-Jazeera which detail meetings between former assistant secretary of state under George W. Bush David Welsh as late as August 2, 2011.

Welch was the man who brokered the deal to restore diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Libya in 2008, and now works for Bechtel, a multinational American company with billion-dollar construction deals across the Middle East.

The documents provide the minutes of a meeting in early August between Welsh and Gaddafi officials in which Welch advised Gaddafi's team on how to win the propaganda war, suggesting several "confidence-building measures."

The documents appear to reveal Welsh, an influential U.S. political personality, advising Gaddafi on how to beat the U.S. and NATO, including advice on how to undermine the rebel movement and capitalize on its reported ties with al-Qaeda. He mentioned potential assistance from foreign intelligence agencies, including Israel.

The documents read: "Any information related to al-Qaeda or other terrorist extremist organizations should be found and given to the American administration but only via the intelligence agencies of Israel, Egypt, Morroco, or Jordan… America will listen to them… It's better to receive this information as if it originated from those countries…."

Welch also advised Gaddafi's regime to take advantage of the current unrest in Syria: "The importance of taking advantage of the Syrian situation particularly regarding the double-standard policy adopted by Washington… the Syrians were never your friends and you would lose nothing from exploiting the situation there in order to embarrass the West." Antiwar


Since March 19, U.S./NATO forces have struck government buildings, civilian neighborhoods, hospitals, schools, communication satellites, ships and ports in Libya.

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) president Richard Haass argues that as the Libyan leader's rule has unraveled, the Obama administration may need to send boots on the ground to help restore and maintain order.

The U.S. military intervention in Libya has cost American taxpayers an estimated $896 million through July 31, the Pentagon said August 22. ABC News