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How Britain did Gaddafi's dirty work - Guardian


As the CIA and MI6 built relationships with Libya, the two agencies assisted Libyan spies in the kidnapping of Gaddafi's enemies. Two leading figures in the Libyan opposition who had fled the country were kidnapped, one from Hong Kong, one from Thailand, and flown back to Tripoli along with their wives and children. Both men were tortured. MI6 gave their Libyan counterparts questions for the prisoners, who, under extreme duress, led them to other Libyan dissidents in exile.

Opponents of the Gaddafi regime who had been living legally in the UK for years were detained by British police, and the British government made a determined attempt to have them deported to Tripoli. Asylum seekers and British-Libyan nationals in Manchester and London were menaced by Gaddafi's agents, who were invited into the UK and permitted to operate on the streets of Britain alongside MI5. British intelligence handed over details of the targets' telephone calls to the ESO, and their relatives and friends in Libya were arrested and threatened.

Details of the dark arrangements made by the intelligence agencies of the US, UK and Libya have been gleaned through interviews with government officials and victims of rendition, British government documents disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act, and material that emerged during a lengthy Scotland Yard investigation and a number of civil trials. In large part, however, what follows is based on several extraordinary caches of secret British, American and Libyan intelligence documents that were discovered amid the chaos of the Libyan revolution in 2011, scattered around abandoned government offices, prisons and officials' private residences. Many of the most intriguing documents were found by Libyan civilians and human rights activists in September that year inside ESO's offices. Others came to light in various government outposts after Gaddafi was captured and killed the following month. All together, they amount to many thousands of pages.

These papers show that the post-9/11 rapprochement between the Gaddafi regime and the west - and Tony Blair's government in particular - went far deeper than was previously known.

by Bjinse on Thu Nov 9th, 2017 at 09:02:41 PM EST
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Britin has a long and grubby track record of accomodating truly odious regimes in order to maximise temporary advantage.

Nobody who has watched the UK government's track record will be in the least bit surprised at how dirty the accord with Gadaffi was. Too many people in Blair's Cabinet were deeply morally compromised, Jack Straw foremost among them. So, of course this shit went down

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Nov 12th, 2017 at 10:07:29 PM EST
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Since I remembered some of the shit the west had been up to in supporting Gaddafi, I was quite surprised when he became villain of the week in 2011. Still, not as surprised as Gaddafi, I bet.
by fjallstrom on Wed Nov 15th, 2017 at 08:55:05 PM EST
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