‘Bought Journalism': German bestseller reveals CIA pay Western media for spin & bias
Zeidan, who fled to Germany after losing a parliamentary confidence vote earlier this month, said that he was preparing to return “maybe very soon” to help restore order and repel the threat of extremism, two-and-a-half years after the killing of veteran ruler Muammar Gaddafi. ****(FOR A LONG TIME HE USED TO SAY THAT HE WAS A DICTATOR, ITS FUNNY HOW THINGS CHANGE AND FROM DICTATOR OUR GUIDE HAS TAKEN HIS RIGHTFUL SEAT OF “VETERAN RULER MUAMMER GADDAFI)
“Libya could be a base for al-Qaeda for any operation to Italy, to Britain, to France, to Spain, to Morocco, to everywhere. Weapons are everywhere, ammunition is everywhere,” the former prime minister, who was in London to meet British politicians, told the newspaper.
He suggested that groups such as al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood were exploiting rifts within the country he ruled for 15 months.
“These people want Libya not to be a civil state, not to be a state of law, they want it as what happened in Afghanistan,” he claimed.
Zeidan, an independent, was unable to tame former rebel militia that have carved out their own fiefdoms since the 2011 uprising that toppled the dictatorship of Gaddafi.
The former prime minister claimed two political groups were behind his removal as premier: the radical Wafa movement, and the Justice and Construction Party which is the political arm of the Libyan branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Asked whether he feels betrayed by France’s president, Gaddafi reportedly answers: “Sarkozy is mentally deficient… It’s thanks to me that he became president… We gave him the funds that allowed him to win.”
Gaddafi says Sarkozy came to ask him for financial support when he was France’s interior minister, but offers no details about the amount allegedly given or about financial transactions.
“For us, as Libyans, if the president of France wins elections thanks to our funds, it is a real advantage,” Gaddafi tells his interviewer.
Claims that Libyan cash secretly funded Sarkozy’s campaign have been made in the past, in particular by Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam. Sarkozy, along with a few members of Libya’s ousted regime, have denied the allegations.
“A group of guards at oil terminals in the central region has decided to bring vessels they have organised themselves to export oil for their own profit,” Zeidan charged.
“Any vessel not under contract to the National Oil Company (NOC) that approaches the terminals will be bombed from the air and the sea,” he said, adding he had the backing of the General National Congress, the highest political body in Libya, for the warning.
“If the blockade of the oil terminals continues, the state will be obliged to use all means at its disposal, including those of the army,” the prime minister warned.
“An agreement was reached with the mediation committee to set up a panel of judges to assess whether there is any foundation to these allegations,” Zeidan told state television flanked by his petroleum, defence and foreign ministers.
“Some customers are turning away from Libya to other producers for their supplies,” he said.