I notice that a particular type of “controlled Wikileaks” takes the first page of the press. I speak, of course, about secret files that have been found by Human Rights Watch which show the close intelligence relationship between the UK, US and Libya. In change, the press seems to be more less impressed by the lack of security of tens of thousands of migrant workers from sub-Saharan Africa, who face harassment and violence from both armed rebel fighters and Libyan citizens who accuse them of having fought as mercenaries for Gaddafi. “It’s a dangerous time to be dark-skinned in Tripoli” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “The National Transitional Council (NTC) should stop arresting African migrants and black Libyans unless it has concrete evidence of criminal activity. It should also take immediate steps to protect them from violence and abuse”.
But back to the original topic. I say it is a type of “controlled Wikileaks” because even if at the first sight the information seem to be spectacular (so the chance to capture 100% the media and public attention), in reality these things were known long, and for it was not necessary to be an ‹insiders›. So, what is about in the documents were discovered in Kusa‘s private offices in Tripoli ?
To the chapter: Tabloid news – the papers reportedly include letters and faxes to him headed “greetings from MI6” and a personal christmas greeting signed by a senior spy as “your friend”. Human Rights Watch emergencies director Peter Bouckaert said his organisation “stumbled across a room containing the files”. “These documents we found, their faxes start off ‹Dear Musa, thanks for the oranges you sent us, they were delicious›,” he claimed. One file reportedly details the UK’s help in drafting a speech for Colonel Gaddafi to make.
The Chapter: The triplet Bush – Blair – Gaddafi: Here we have a series of disclosures designed to counter the impact of another type of Wikileaks (which I have anticipated some time ago), uncontrolled and yet, despite all the assurances coming from the Libyan rebel camp, still not found: Colonel Gaddafi Wikileaks. A document contains information on Tony Blair’s meeting with the former Libyan Leader in 2004 and suggests it was Downing Street’s idea for the two men to meet in a tent. “No 10 are keen that the Prime Minister meet the Leader in the tent,” a letter from an MI6 officer says. “I don’t know why the English are fascinated by tents. The plain fact is that the journalists would love it.” Also among the files is evidence that the United States used Libya as a base for its rendition programme – transporting prisoners it believed to be a threat to its national security for further interrogation on foreign soil. Human rights organisations claim that the real purpose was to torture these prisoners outside of US jurisdiction. Mr Bouckaert said the documents about alleged CIA renditions to Libya included some on the man who is now head of the Tripoli Military Council, Abdel-Hakim Belhaj. “He was captured, abducted together with his pregnant wife and flown on the so-called black flight to Tripoli for his interrogation,” Mr Bouckaert claimed. There is no suggestion that the UK was involved in the rendition process but there are allegations from the secret papers that UK intelligence gave its Libyan counterparts information on dissidents to the Gaddafi regime who were living in Britain at the time.
During this arsenal useless information, also find and an interesting information to I referred in previous posting: weapons of mass destruction of Gaddafi. And from where we find that they do not exist. “Another document apparently shows that a statement given by Col Gaddafi saying that his regime was giving up weapons of mass destruction was put together with the help of British officials.” Since there is already a deal that Muammar Gaddafi will not come to be judged by the International Criminal Court in The Hague and also the chance as him to say what do not want his former friends to say are very low. Oil fields were divided fraternally among the bearers of democracy. So the need as he to be removed violent and quick from the picture of family world leaders slowly decreases. In rest, the same functional hypocrisy and typical western double standards: friends for benefits then enemies when not needed. We worth to remember – as Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s regime crumbled on August 23 after a rebel uprising and NATO bombing, United States President Barack Obama said: “For over four decades, the Libyan people had lived under the rule of a tyrant who denied them their most basic human rights.” Four decades in which it might think that Western leaders did not know where Libya on world map. 😀