Meus caríssimos 19 leitores que já brindaram este site com mais de trinta mil acessos desde fevereiro, estou fora de Brasília e amanhã retorno com mais atualizações do site. Fica esta notícia de que os alemães já saberiam do paradeiro de Kadafi.
Difícil dizer se realmente procede a informação, mas resolvi postar para ilustrar como potências (ou Potências) atuam. Mesmo contrária à ação militar contra a Líbia, seria praticamente impossível que a Alemanha não estivessem acompanhando de perto os acontecimentos na região.
É assim que Potência age. Acabei me lembrando como o Presidente do Brasil havia afirmado desconhecer a situação de Zé-Laya (assim que excrevo, posso?) quando de sua entrada na embaixada brasileira e retorno a Honduras no imbróglio que passamos naquele país…
(PS: ainda inconformado com a maneira como mataram Kadafi e as imagens dos rebeldes tripudiando sobre seu corpo. Sinceramente, aquilo me causou péssima impressão, mesmo se tratando do Muamar… Incomoda-me ver qualquer líder sendo vilipendiado daquela maneira… Pronto, falei.)
Aid for the Allies: German Intelligence Service Knew Gadhafi’s Location
Germany’s foreign intelligence service, the BND, helped root out the location of deposed Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi last Thursday before his capture, security sources with knowledge of the developments told SPIEGEL.
Indeed, the fugitive former leader’s exact whereabouts in his hometown of Sirte had been known for weeks by the BND ahead of his capture and subsequent death on Oct. 20. Agents within the organization have a long tradition of cultivating sources in the Middle East, and managed to determine where the fallen dictator had hidden himself from revolutionary forces, the sources said.
But no geodata that could have led to a targeted strike was shared, German security insiders told SPIEGEL. Still, it appears that NATO forces had a clear idea of Gadhafi’s location. When he attempted to flee Sirte on Oct. 20, French fighter jets fired on his convoy of vehicles.
The BND’s operations in the Libyan conflict would not be the first time the organization has been involved in a foreign war. They were also active during the Iraq War in 2003. Though then-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder had vehemently rejected playing an active role in the conflict, German agents nevertheless delivered intelligence from Baghdad to United States officials.
In a similar turn of events, Germany chose to abstain from voting on a United Nations Security Council resolution on March 17 that called for the use of military force to protect Libyan civilians. It was an unpopular decision among Germany’s traditional Western allies, which raises the question of whether the BND’s intelligence efforts to locate Gadhafi may have been undertaken to repair the political damage.
On the other hand, their involvement could also raise questions about whether the BND is partially responsible for Gadhafi’s death.
Visit SPIEGEL ONLINE International on Monday to read the full story.
Related SPIEGEL ONLINE links:
- Photo Gallery: Rebels Emerge Victorious in Sirte
- The World from Berlin: ‘The Birth of New Libya Will Not Be Painless’ (10/21/2011)
- Photo Gallery: Gadhafi’s Career as Libya’s Dictator
- ‘A Bloody War Has Come to an End’: European Leaders React to Gadhafi Death (10/20/2011)
- Gadhafi’s Death: The End of a Tyrant (10/20/2011)
- Shrinking Influence: Germany’s Woeful Security Council Record (09/21/2011)
- From the Archive: How German Intelligence Helped Justify the US Invasion of Iraq (03/22/2008)