US defense secretary: Gaddafi is on the run

September 6, 2011 20:50

NEW YORK - Libya's Muammar Gaddafi is on the run, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Tuesday, adding however that he didn't know the ousted leader's location.

"I wish I knew," Panetta said when asked about Gaddafi's whereabouts. "I don't have any information as to exactly where he's located ... the best information we have is that he's on the run."

The Pentagon has said previously it had no reason to believe Gaddafi had left Libya. Asked whether that assessment had changed, Panetta said only: "I don't have any information as to his location."

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