September 3, 2011
British intelligence co-operated closely with Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, according to reports based on documents found in Libyan government offices.
The papers allegedly show that MI6 gave the Gaddafi regime information on Libyan dissidents living in the UK.
The documents were discovered in the Tripoli offices of former head of Libyan intelligence Moussa Koussa and also include talks between the CIA and the Gaddafi regime.
They also contain communications between British and Libyan security ahead of then prime minister Tony Blair’s desert tent meeting with Gaddafi in 2004.
It gives details about Mr Blair’s visit and mentions the visit was requested by Britain.
A letter from an MI6 official to Mr Koussa said ‘No 10 are keen that the Prime Minister meet the Leader in the the tent. I don’t know why the English are fascinated by tents. The plain fact is that the journalists would love it.’
Britain is also said to have helped the Libyan dictator with his speech-writing.
The discovery, by The Independent newspaper, will no doubt raise questions about the relationship between Mr Koussa, who fled Libya for London in March, and the British Government.