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BND reportedly knew Qaddafi's hiding place

The Local · 23 Oct 2011, 10:28

Published: 23 Oct 2011 10:28 GMT+02:00

Qaddafi was killed Thursday after a rebel fighter discovered him hiding in a drainage pipe in his hometown of Sirte, Qaddafi's birthplace and one of the last bastions of loyalist support in Libya.

The Bundesnachrichtendienst, BND, knew where Qaddafi was staying in Sirte, according to German magazine Der Spiegel, but sources said the agency did not release any data on his location that could have facilitated a targeted attack on the former Libyan leader.

Germany's intelligence service has an extensive network of contacts and sources in the region.

A spokesman for the BND said Saturday the agency did not know that Qaddafi was staying in Sirte on the day of his capture.

The sequence of events in the run-up to Qaddafi's death suggest that Germany's NATO allies, however, were aware of his whereabouts. When the ousted leader's convoy tried to flee Sirte, it was fired upon by French fighter jets.

Germany famously abstained from the United Nations resolution to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya, a pact that laid the groundwork for NATO involvement in the country.

Meanwhile, there are still conflicting reports over what happened in the hours before Qaddafi was killed. His widow, Safia, has called for an international investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of her husband and son, Mutassim, who was also killed on Thursday.

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Libya's National Transitional Council said Muammar Qaddafi was shot in a firefight.

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01:20 October 24, 2011 by Ludwig von America
Gaddafi is dead. NATO got what it wanted, along with the chance to steal the country¦#39;s resources. The ultimate hypocrisy has been played out before our eyes. NATO lied about its mission to protect civilians and it lied when saying that the overthrow of Gaddafi was not its intention. But, when you are the judge, jury and executioner you can say anything and get away with it.

We see disgusting and shameful images of Gaddafi being dragged through the streets to his death. This is NATO¦#39;s doing. They hunted him down like a dog and are mainly responsible for his execution. NATO had already murdered his grandchildren when they bombed the family compound in Tripoli on April 30, 2011. NATO murdered hundreds if not thousands of innocent civilians in their 8 months of non-stop bombing. Anyone who opposed the rebels was fair game for NATO¦#39;s jets and arsenal of weaponry.

People of the ¦quot;civilized¦quot; world better wake up and realize their civility is going backwards. Ancient Romans loved to watch people being murdered in the coliseum, loved to see blood and guts. No different are we who can¦#39;t get enough imagery of a blood-soaked Gaddafi being tormented and killed like an animal in the street.

The U.S. and Europe embraces the new ¦quot;democratic¦quot; leadership of Libya with big, sloppy kisses. The new leadership who lays the corpse of Gaddafi on the floor of a supermarket so people can line up with their families to get their pictures taken. The leadership who, after Tripoli was overthrown, allowed the massacre of negroes and anyone else suspected of siding with the Libyan government.

Now NATO turns its sights to Syria and other places where there are other leaders it would like to murder. The new world order, where NATO is the world¦#39;s judge, jury and executioner has arrived.
06:33 October 24, 2011 by Nemo2010
HUH? Ludwig? NATO is a has-been! They could barely pull off ousting this two-bit dictator. In reality they have done Iran's dirty work. Now that Qadhafi is gone it's radical Islam that is assuming control. The entire north of Africa is going radical. This has to be making Europe, particularly Germany, very, very nervous. Europe's soft underbelly is exposed. Watch for those in control in the EU to begin to tighten up and close ranks. Watch for a new Euroforce that will make people gasp in awe. It is coming!
01:19 October 26, 2011 by ron1amr
Without the assistance of Nato the rebels would never have been able to overthrow Gaddafi. The rebels are a non disciplined non Government group of people. As Gaddafi was alive with his son the rebels had shot them both and killed them. And these people will now rule the Country with a shiite law? Wasn't it Saddam Hussein shiite? They killed him. It is an Arab world and at times because of all the factions they need to be ruthless to stay in control and in reign. Gaddafi did a lot for 2 thirds of the people he used money to build schools set up satellite. But in doing this depriving the Western world of a loss of substantial income. We should stay out of other Countries and use modern technologies. No one has a right to die the way Gaddafi did. It is shocking and appalling. And people are happy?
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