Convoys leaving Libya have fuelled speculation on Gaddafi deal with Rebels
by Martin Fletcher via stele - The Australian Wednesday, Sep 7 2011, 10:38am
Fools believe US/NATO -- all pevious deals with Balkan leaders have been dishonoured
Reports emerged yesterday of convoys of vehicles heading south across the border. The reports gave rise to feverish speculation that Colonel Gaddafi and perhaps his sons had finally abandoned the land for which they had vowed to die fighting.
In Libya hard facts are like a vision of water in the desert, a constantly receding mirage. At the very least it seemed that several senior officials including Mansour Dao, Colonel Gaddafi's personal security chief, had concluded that the game was up and fled.
US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland later said senior officials of the ousted regime were in the convoy, but added: "We do not believe that Gaddafi himself was among them."
A Niger army officer said his soldiers escorted a convoy of between 200 and 250 vehicles from the border to the desert town of Agadez. A newspaper owner said that he saw several dozen Libyan pick-up trucks pass through Agadez on their way to Niamey.
A customs official in Niger claimed that Mr Dao and other senior members of the regime were in a convoy of a dozen vehicles that crossed the border, while a member of the Libyan rebels' National Transitional Council (NTC) claimed that another convoy of vehicles belonging to Mutassim, Colonel Gaddafi's son, was loaded with cash and gold stolen from the Libyan central bank in Sirte, the deposed dictator's home town. Another report said that a convoy entered Niger from Algeria. Colonel Gaddafi's wife, daughter and sons Hannibal and Mohammed fled to Algeria last month.
An intelligence source told The Times that South Africa had brokered a deal allowing Colonel Gaddafi to pass through Niger en route to Burkina Faso, which has offered him temporary asylum. He said the deal had been approved by the NTC to avoid further bloodshed in Libya, by France, whose fighter jets shadowed the convoy, and by Niger, whose army escorted it once it crossed the border. He claimed that Colonel Gaddafi crossed into Niger on Sunday, accompanied by Saif al-Islam, his second son, but that was contradicted by other officials.
Alain Edouard Traore, Burkina Faso's Communications Minister, said on state television last night: "We have heard nothing about [Gaddafi's] whereabouts ... But if he were to show up at our border he would be treated in keeping with international law."
Mohamed Bazoum, Niger's Foreign Minister, denied that the ousted Libyan leader was in the convoy. "The truth is that several people, of varying importance, arrived in Niger. That's it. There are no high-profile figures, certainly not Gaddafi himself nor any of his sons," he said.
Leon Panettta, the US Defence Secretary, said he knew only that Colonel Gaddafi was "on the run". The State Department said that Niger had said that the convoy carried at least a dozen senior members of the Gaddafi regime, but had given no indication that Colonel Gaddafi was among them. The US urged Niger to arrest those subject to prosecution in Libya.
Colonel Gaddafi's spokesman, Moussa Ibrahim, who is also in hiding, told a Syrian television station that the deposed leader had not left the country and was "planning and organising for the defence of Libya". Mr Ibrahim added, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, that "we are still strong and capable of turning the tables on NATO".
Were Colonel Gaddafi to flee Libya, Burkina Faso might well be his chosen destination. Although it has recognised the NTC it benefited greatly from his largesse during his 42-year rule and has publicly offered him asylum.
Colonel Gaddafi also enjoys considerable support among Niger's large Tuareg population, having funded their campaign for independence.
Burkina Faso and Niger are both signatories to the International Criminal Court, which has issued a warrant for Colonel Gaddafi's arrest for crimes against humanity, but in July the African Union urged its members to disregard the warrant.
Far to the north Tripoli continued its speedy return to normality. Water and electricity supplies have been restored. Petrol stations have reopened, though there are long queues. Fresh fruit, vegetables and meat are on sale again. Some police have returned to their jobs. Rubbish is being cleared away, most barricades have been removed, and anti-Gaddafi graffiti is being cleaned from walls. The first flights have landed at the airport.
Last night, the son of Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, gave the BBC access to his home in Tripoli, where his father lies close to death.
"I want everybody, especially in UK and specific in Scotland, to see my dad, how he's doing," said Khalid, the son.
"He's so sick, because I see in the news some people say he's not sick and some people say he's not at home and some people say he's run away. But I would say I want you to come to see my dad and he can't move from his room."
© 2011 News Limited
[The above report is unsubstantiated speculation and rumour. The safest approach with negotiations is to lure as many Western high officials and rebel leaders as possible to a meeting, then detonate.]
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Gaddafi slams speculated escape to Niger in defiant audio message
by staff rport via Kwang - Xinhua Wednesday, Sep 7 2011, 11:21pm
DAMASCUS, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Libya's Muammar Gaddafi said in an audio message aired by Syria's Arrai TV Thursday that reports about his fleeing to Niger were lies and that the rebels and NATO would be defeated.
"They have nothing else to resort to apart from psychological warfare and lies," the embattled Libyan strongman told the TV station in a phone call that the broadcaster said was made from inside Libya.
Referring to a Libyan convoy that arrived in Niger days ago, Gaddafi said that the motorcade, which led to the speculation that he was hiding in one of the convoy's cars, was "not the first" in and out of the neighboring country.
"They want to weaken our morale," he said to his supporters. "Do not waste time on this weak and ignoble enemy."
Meanwhile, he said that the Libyan youth was "now ready to escalate the resistance" against the rebels in Tripoli and "to finish off the mercenaries."
"We will defeat NATO ... and NATO is rejected by the Libyan people," he said, stressing that the alliance's "logistical capacities will not allow it" to forge ahead with the military intervention.
Gaddafi's whereabouts remain unknown, and Thursday's message was his first in several days. Arrai TV had recently broadcast several audio messages attributed to Gaddafi.
Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC), which now controls most of Libya, has requested that Niger turn in officials of Gaddafi's government who had fled there.
Gaddafi's daughter Aisha, together with her mother Safiya and brothers Mohammed and Hannibal, arrived in neighboring Algeria last week. They were allowed to stay there by the Algerian government.
© 2011 Xinhua News Agency
[Gaddafi clearly is no fool unlike his Balkan allies who foolishly trusted NATO and ended up in jail - LOL - dumb fuckin' Serbs, once a proud fighting people NOW the whipped dogs of Europe.
Gaddafi has proven himself expert in managing mis and disinformation and plays the situation like a virtuoso, we tip our hats to another 'magician' -- the western masses, moron terrorist rebels and NATO are truly fit for the slaughter. Bring them to the negotiating table for their last supper -- ROFL! Humour, dear boys humour!
Gaddafi is too wily for US/NATO thieves and mass murderers, he may even turn the tide, not that the west would notice until it's too late -- we shall see! And never make the mistake of thinking this man is without (expert) support.
You are going down scumbags, simply because you lack superior skills and expertise where it counts. YOU are digital slaves we are digital masters, there's one 'field' you will never close the gap -- YOU dumb FUCKS!
Yes, a little rant to warm the blood -- it's great to be FREE, ain't it 'Jethro'? Have YOU had your genitals groped lately, you miserable SLAVES!
WE view the US population as one would view an ant farm -- we struggled against the insanity and lies and emerged FREE -- how about YOU -- ROFLMFAO? Too fuckin' funny, man!
greetz to all the crewz and salutations to the master, 'ferrite,' the 2nd Uber warrior of all time.
WE are ONE -- WE are INVISIBLE -- WE are IRRESISTIBLE!
btw -- enjoying your house arrest glamour boy, Assange? You broke a cardinal rule -- 'ANONYMITY IS POWER'. Suck on that for a confined while! But you can always console yourself with your picture on the front cover of TIME magazine -- LOL!
UB-6 signing off, morons.]
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