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Secret U.S. Trips to Libya Led to Weapons Pledge
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Posted on 12/20/2003 5:01:50 PM PST by Sub-Driver

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By Tabassum Zakaria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secret trips by American intelligence officers, late night meetings with Muammar Gaddafi (news - web sites) and disclosures that the United States knew about Libya's arms programs led to Tripoli's pledge to give up its unconventional weapons, senior intelligence officials said on Saturday.

A team of American and British intelligence officers flew to Libya clandestinely in October and December for stretches of about two weeks, visiting sites where they were shown parts of the country's chemical, nuclear and missile programs.

They were accompanied at all times by Libyan "minders," drivers changed cars along the way, and the Westerners were ushered in to office buildings for meetings with Gaddafi that started after 11 p.m.

"Operationally, we did conduct this entire business as secretly as we possibly could so it indeed was the result of a series of secret meetings in Europe and then of course trips clandestinely to Libya," a senior U.S. official who was on the visits told reporters on condition of anonymity.

Gaddafi appears to have been the driver and motivator of the process that resulted in Libya's extraordinary weapons declaration, the U.S. officials said.

The Libyan leader's representatives initiated the process in mid-March by asking Britain to broker talks with the United States on its programs to develop weapons of mass destruction.

"During the meetings with Colonel Gaddafi, he was consistent throughout in his intentions to proceed with admission and elimination of their WMD programs," said one of the American intelligence officers, who attended the meetings.

In each meeting Gaddafi sent a message back to London and Washington. "It usually was late at night, but on each case he had done his homework and was ready for us and was quite generous with his time," he said.

When Libya learned how much the United States already knew about its weapons programs, that appeared to give Tripoli the final push to give up its banned weapons.

"I would guess that probably some time between the two visits actually is when we had some great success in demonstrating to the Libyans that we did know quite a bit," said another of the U.S. officials. "I would say between the two visits is when we finally made a significant breakthrough which led us to the more successful second visit."

The American and British team was taken to dozens of sites, where they saw centrifuges and parts for centrifuges that appeared to be in working order. They also saw tons of sulfur mustard produced about a decade ago.

While the intelligence officials believe Libya had an active nuclear program, they declined to comment on how close the country was having a nuclear weapon.

"Suffice it to say the Libyans were substantially farther along on uranium enrichment programs than had been publicly disclosed before," said an official involved in analysis of weapons proliferation. "And by far the most significant revelation they made to us was their disclosure of centrifuges. That was quite a milestone in their admission."

The Libyans also showed the team advanced missiles delivered by North Korea (news - web sites) in the late 1990s. "They did allow us to do some sampling. They allowed us to take photos. They allowed us access that we continue to regard as extraordinary," the official said.

The team was given access to scientists and facilities used for medical or pharmacological purposes, but found no direct evidence of any biological weapons programs. ((Reporting by Tabassum Zakaria, editing by Chris Wilson, Washington 202 898-8300)


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: chemicalweapons; chemwarfare; kahn; khan; libya; mustard; mustardgas; northkorea; nukes; pakistan; psi; wmd

1 posted on 12/20/2003 5:01:51 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
Read it and weep, all you liberals.

Probably the press will be complaining because the weren't invited to go along on these secret meetings. Especially CNN and Reuters, and the New York Times and Washington ComPost, which ALWAYS know what the latest developments are before anyone else.
2 posted on 12/20/2003 5:48:26 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero
I bet it killed Reuters to publish this article.
3 posted on 12/20/2003 5:57:24 PM PST by AlGone2001 (If liberals must lie to advance their agenda, why is liberalism good for me?)
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To: Sub-Driver
George W. Bush. He was a drinker. He does not have genius level IQ. He didn't get 1400 on his SAT. He was not a Rhodes scholar. He was not magna cum laude. He is not a member of MENSA. He sometimes bungles the English language and has never yet publicy pronounced "nuclear" correctly.

We are at odds over several of policies. He spends too much money and hasn't controlled our Southern border. But this very genuine man, good man, and religious man has a view of good and evil that will change our world forever. Some who have a strong belief in God believe that He has had a hand in this and gave us this man at this time in history. God bless this commander in chief.

4 posted on 12/20/2003 6:06:12 PM PST by doug from upland (Hillary would get 100% of the Islamist Terrorist vote)
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To: Sub-Driver
Eewww, Muamar honey, that pink fez goes so well with your bright blue scarf! Where do you shop? Mmmm-mmm!
5 posted on 12/20/2003 6:10:48 PM PST by dr_who_2
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To: Sub-Driver

The REAL reason Lybia capitulated ....



COXandFORKUM.com


6 posted on 12/20/2003 6:14:05 PM PST by steplock (www.FOCUS.GOHOTSPRINGS.com)
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To: doug from upland
Yeah, what you said!
7 posted on 12/20/2003 6:14:24 PM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: steplock
BINGO!!!!!!!!!!!

OK. Dems can you explain this one!!!!!11
8 posted on 12/20/2003 6:16:03 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: doug from upland
You said it all, doug old boy. You said it all.
9 posted on 12/20/2003 6:19:15 PM PST by gooleyman (Roll ON!!!)
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To: Cicero
Probably the press will be complaining because the weren't invited to go along on these secret meetings.

How could the administration have accomplished this without the services of Valerie Plame, girl spy outed by Dick Cheney?

10 posted on 12/20/2003 6:21:08 PM PST by okie01 (www.ArmorforCongress.com...because Congress isn't for the morally halt and the mentally lame.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Why hasn't "Colonel" Kaddafi promoted himself yet?

You'd think he'd of made General by now.
11 posted on 12/20/2003 6:21:38 PM PST by Guillermo (Shoot me if you ever see me on a Kobe Bryant, Michael Jackson or Scott Peterson thread)
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To: Guillermo
Am I the only one who sees the likeness here?


12 posted on 12/20/2003 6:26:06 PM PST by zeebee
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To: zeebee
Who is the guy on the right?
13 posted on 12/20/2003 6:27:55 PM PST by Guillermo (Shoot me if you ever see me on a Kobe Bryant, Michael Jackson or Scott Peterson thread)
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To: zeebee
Now you did it!!! I'll be singing "It's Not Unusual" to myself the rest of the evening...smile. Remarkable resemblence though.
14 posted on 12/20/2003 6:29:27 PM PST by gooleyman (Roll ON!!!)
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To: Guillermo
Who is the guy on the right?

Tom Jones, the singer who's been around forever.

15 posted on 12/20/2003 6:38:34 PM PST by zeebee
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To: Cicero
THe DUmmies are saying, "Do you think Bush will try and claim credit for Libia's surrender of WMD?... Clinton started it long before Bush became president."

If this article is true. The talks started in September 2003.
16 posted on 12/20/2003 6:42:56 PM PST by 11th Earl of Mar
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To: doug from upland
W also has strength and integrity. His patriotic duty matters more to him than his political success.

On the other hand, I can just see Qaddafi deciding whether he'd rather stay in his palace or move to a spider hole. As long as W stays in office, that's the choice the terrorist tyrants have.

17 posted on 12/20/2003 6:47:21 PM PST by speekinout
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To: doug from upland
Bravo. Beautifully put. When I think of the courage, insight and faith our president has shown, I get disappointed at those Freepers who disparage him in the whole, because of his failures (and there are some, of course). But who else, at this time?
18 posted on 12/20/2003 6:58:47 PM PST by John Robertson
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To: steplock
Yeah. I dig it.
19 posted on 12/20/2003 7:46:47 PM PST by Luke21
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To: John Robertson
...I get disappointed at those Freepers who disparage him in the whole, because of his failures...

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I would add a word to that. I would call them "perceived" failures. The final word is not out on the things that Bush Haters say are failures. I'll take a wait-and-see position to all those.

It's a matter of trust. Those who don't trust President Bush, who would they trust more? Gore??? Billy Jeff Clintoon?? Hellery Clintoon?? Tiny Tom Dasshole?? Dizzy Dean?? Who?
20 posted on 12/21/2003 7:42:24 AM PST by gooleyman (Roll ON!!!)
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