Ex-Aide: Gaddafi Escaping

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Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's former No. 2 official, Abdel-Salam Jalloud, meets journalists at the foreign press club, in Rome, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011. Jalloud helped Gadhafi come to power in a 1969 coup and for decades traveled the world representing Tripoli. He started clashing with Gadhafi in the 1990s. Italian media have reported that Jalloud first fled to Tunisia, then to Italy on Saturday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Muammar Gaddafi’s former right-hand man, Abdessalam Jalloud, has weighed in on the Libyan leader’s whereabouts, having fled Tripoli for Italy himself on Saturday. At a press conference in Rome on Thursday, the defected prime minister said Gaddafi is potentially “hiding in the southern part of Tripoli,” or has fled the region and is “either at the border with Algeria, or in Sirte or Sabha, and he will the cross the desert.” Jalloud said that only four of Gaddafi’s close aides remain at his side. If Gaddafi is indeed still in Tripoli, Jalloud continued, he will likely wait until roads are clear and then try to escape in disguise.