Gaddafi's Tripoli spy network revealed

The former officer for general security for Tripoli says Gaddafi ruled the capital with an iron first through a network of informants.

September 3, 2011 03:24
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From this deceptively ordinary building in Tripoli, Muammar Gaddafi controlled the capital with an iron fist.

Former Officer for General Security Abdel Karim Gaddur, who has now switched sides to the rebels, headed this top-secret surveillance unit with informants and cameras across the city.

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According to Gaddur, Gaddafi's threat to weed out anti-government supporters house by house was not empty talk.

"There are files with the names of loyalists and what weapons they have and checkpoints and how many people are at the checkpoints and every house, who lives in these houses, what the residents are doing. There is information about everyone living here."

The office, overlooking what is now Martyrs' Square, monitored CCTV cameras and co-ordinated with Gaddafi's police, military, militias and checkpoints.

Maps of the city have every house and district covered except Gaddafi's compound which is left blank.

The former Libyan leader is now in Bani Walid, a desert town outside the capital according to one Libyan military chief.

He says they will depend on rebels from the town to hunt down and capture Gaddafi - wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity.

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