MI6: speech-writers to Colonel Gaddafi?

Well, this is an unusual twist as the changes in Libya reveal documents about relations between foreign governments and Colonel Gaddafi:

The documents claim that MI6 supplied its counterparts in Libya with details on exiled opponents living in the UK, and chart how the CIA abducted several suspected militants before handing them over to Tripoli.

They also contain communications between British and Libyan security officials ahead of Tony Blair’s visit in 2004, and show that British officials helped write a draft speech for Gaddafi when he was being encouraged to give up his weapons programme.

The discovery was made by reporters and members of Human Rights Watch in the private offices of Moussa Koussa, the former foreign minister and head of Libyan intelligence, who defected to Britain in February. He is now believed to be in Qatar. (The Observer)

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  • ‘the documents claim that MI6 supplied its counterparts in Libya with details on exiled opponents living in the UK, and chart how the CIA abducted several suspected militants before handing them over to Tripoli.’

    How will the previous Labour Administration explain away that one?

  • Old Codger Chris 4th Sep '11 - 7:01pm

    @david orr
    I wouldn’t bet against a Lib Dem administration doing exactly the same (let alone a Tory one). The Prime Minister is briefed very frequently on terrorist threats and his first priority is the safety of UK citizens.

    I’m not trying to defend what has happened – but unless and until we are ever told the full story it won’t be easy to reach an informed opinion.

    That said, Ming Campbell was magnificent on Newsnight on Friday when up against an American who literally laughed at the law, both international and US domestic. Just a shame that the following interview made a Lib Dem MP look somewhat ridiculous when up against Hazel Blears of all people. Not our MP’s fault – he was lumbered with trying to defend a hopeless position regarding what appear to be Control Orders by another name.

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