The Man Who Knows Gadaffi’s Secrets
by Eric Margolis
Muammar Gadaffi’s Libya may not be sinking yet, but it’s low in the water and springing new leaks by the day.
Italy, a key player in North Africa, sniffed the winds of change, then decided to abandon old ally Gadaffi and recognize the revolutionary junta in Benghazi.
Last Wednesday, Libya’s Foreign Minister, Moussa Koussa, dressed in his trademark gray shirt, gray jacket and gray trousers, defected to Britain, inflicting a major blow on the faltering Gadaffi regime.
Agents of British intelligence, MI6, spirited former intelligence chief Koussa out of Libya via Tunisia and to a military airfield in southern England.
The tall, dour Koussa was always the man in the shadows, the éminence grise behind Muammar Gadaffi’s tent, the spy master who knew all the secrets and, one supposes, where the skeletons are buried.
Moussa Koussa has been closeted in London with British intelligence. MI6 will have a huge number of questions to ask the man who headed up Libyan intelligence for some fifteen years, either officially or unofficially, and acted as a top advisor to the Libyan strongman.