With increasing reports that the Libyan rebel forces include extreme Islamic elements and ties with Al Qaeda, a new press report is not going to help matters in the creation of the first new government vis-a-vis the United States. Rebels say that they have discovered documents in intelligence files that show that the U.S. and Britain helped capture and turn over dissidents to the regime. The papers also reportedly show that the CIA used the regime in rendition cases where suspects were handed over to be tortured.
The rebels say that they found hundreds of letters between the CIA and MI6 and the former intelligence chief for Gaddafi — some beginning affectionately with “Dear Moussa.”
Among the people tortured was Abdel Hakim Belhadj, who said he was captured and first tortured by the CIA and then turned over to the Libyan for torture. He is now the military commander of Tripoli in the new government.