1. ENTREPRENEURS

    Americans Offered Gaddafi Aid

    Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi stands outside his tent during his meeting with the African delegation, who arrived in Libya to try to negotiate a truce between Kadhafi's forces and rebels seeking to oust him, in Tripoli, capital of Libya, April 10, 2011.

    Hamza Turkia, Xinhua / Landov

    When Muammar Gaddafi was on the ropes, an eclectic group of Americans saw a business opportunity, offering to lobby for the Libyan ruler and help arrange his exit in exchange for $10 million, the New York Times reported Friday. A Washington terrorism expert, a former CIA officer, a Republican operative, and a Kansas City lawyer promised to help get access to billions of dollars in frozen Libyan assets by helping Gaddafi comply with United Nations resolutions. One member of the group, a Belgian, offered to lobby for Gaddafi and win United States support. Gaddafi was killed before the Treasury could grant the license needed for the consultants to accept payment from Libya.

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