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Intelligence officers had role in deal

MI6 officers and senior Foreign Office officials held a series of secret meetings with Colonel Gadafy’s closest advisers before agreement with Libya was announced by Tony Blair and – soon afterwards – by George Bush on Friday. A key meeting took place at the Travellers Club in Pall Mall, a traditional haunt of the intelligence community, last Tuesday. It was attended by William Ehrman, director general of defence and intelligence at the FO, David Landsman, head of the FO’s counter-proliferation department, and two MI6 officers. The Libyan delegation included Abdul Ati al-Obeidi, Libya’s ambassador to Italy, Mohammed Azwai, the country’s ambassador to Britain. Also there was Musa Kousa, head of Libya’s foreign intelligence service and former chief of Libya’s mission to Britain expelled in 1980 for threatening to murder opponents of Gadafy’s regime. MI5 later alleged that Mr Kousa had placed agents in Britain and was running an agency “responsible for terrorist organisations”. Full Story

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