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House Panel Visits Libya to Check U.S. Intelligence

Six members of the House Intelligence Committee are scheduled to meet in Libya on Friday with Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and other top Libyan officials, a senior lawmaker said on Thursday. The meeting with Colonel Qaddafi will be the second between an American Congressional delegation and the Libyan leader since Libya agreed to work with British and American officials to dismantle its once-secret chemical and biological weapons program. The members of the House panel are hoping to use that opening to gauge the accuracy of earlier American intelligence about Libya. “We now have a way to compare what we thought we knew with what we will learn on the ground,” Representative Jane Harman of California, the top Democrat on the panel, said in a telephone interview before the bipartisan group left Washington on Thursday. The trip had not been announced in advance at the request of the Libyan government, and Ms. Harman spoke on the condition that it not be disclosed until the delegation arrived in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, on Friday. Full Story

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