OSLO - The United States believed in 2009 that Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam was taking part of the output of an oil field run by France's Total, according to a diplomatic cable seen by the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten
The cable from the US embassy in Tripoli -- part of a leaked cache made available to Aftenposten
by the Wikileaks site -- said the Libyan leader's son had regularly siphoned off oil produced by Total and its German partner Wintershall in the offshore al Jurf field.RELATED:
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"The embassy could not determine whether Saif's tapping of oil affected the Libyan state's share or whether it came at the expense of the foreign companies," Aftenposten
reported on Thursday.
Total officials could not immediately be reached for comment. Saif
al-Islam has been a vocal defender of his father's regime during the
upheaval of recent weeks.Aftenposten
not publish a facsimile of the actual cable, which it said was dated
June 4, 2009, and written by the US ambassador to Libya at the time,
Quoting from the document, the newspaper said embassy
officials believed Gaddafi's son had sold the al Jurf oil "to finance
his various activities."