Tripoli: British and US spies are reportedly secretly trying to lure Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s closest bodyguards and aides with 10 million pounds so that they could hand over the dictator to the spies ‘dead or alive’.
Elite British troops from the SAS and SBS are protecting the cash carrying MI6 and CIA agents who are moving around Libya with the intention of assembling a hit squad to carry out the plan called “The Policy”, the Daily Star reports.
The paper quoted a security source as saying that despite the international hatred of Gaddafi, the West would prefer him alive to face a trial at the International Criminal Court to answer for 40 years of crimes against humanity.
“There is about 10 million pounds from the Brits and Americans to make it happen. They have infiltrated his closest body- guards. With the right people together it could happen in days,” he said.
“The important thing is this has to be done by Libyans. We cannot have British fingerprints on this. It’s up to the Libyans and there is an open cheque book. The spooks are spending a fortune out there. It’s serious money for serious people who can make this happen. Money is no object,” the source added.
The multi-million reward is kept safe in a bank in Switzerland or Lichtenstein, which could be transferred within seconds to another account anywhere in the world when the job is done, the paper said.
The Western spies are also reportedly trying to lure Gaddafi’s closest aides, especially his military staff, and making promises about their future jobs to win their hearts.
“Gaddafi keeps moving so it is difficult to get close. This plan needs the military on board as they are closest to Gaddafi. They have already signed up people lower down and want more senior people, as many as they can get,” the source said.
Crack troops from the SBS counter-terror C Squadron have been sent in to help crush Gaddafi’s regime. They will join a dozen soldiers from the SAS’s top-secret Revolutionary Warfare Wing who specialise in leading uprisings and are advising Benghazi rebels, the paper added.
Meanwhile Gaddafi has reportedly increased security round Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, fearing rebels may try to kidnap him.