According to WikiLeaks’ cables, the CIA worked closely with Moammar Gadhafi’s intelligence services in connection with the terror suspects to Libya for interrogation, and this cooperation could create tensions between Washington and Libya’s new rulers.
Reports of such collaboration have surfaced before, but the documents revealed new details on the ties between Western countries and Gadhafi’s regime. Many of those same countries supported the NATO attacks that helped Libya’s rebels force Gadhafi from power.
One important case is that of Abdel-Hakim Belhaj, commander of the anti-Gadhafi rebel force that now controls Tripoli. Belhaj is the former leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group—a now-dissolved militant group with connection to al-Qaida. Belhaj says he was tortured by CIA agents at a secret prison, then returned to Libya.
Pointing to him by his nom de guerre, Abdullah al-Sadiq, the cables say that he will be flown from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Libya and asks for Libyan government agents to accompany him. It also requests US “access to al-Sadiq for debriefing purposes once he is in your custody.”
But in Washington, CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood avoided to comment on any specific allegation related to the documents.