Oliver North wanted to use Anglican church envoy Terry Waite to lure Libya's Col. Moammar Gadhafi to his Tripoli compound to increase chances Gadhafi would be killed in the 1986 U.S. attack, according to book excerpts published in U.S. News & World Report.
The plan was considered and rejected, and North had to be content with drafting a White House statement to be released in the event Gadhafi was killed, which would call his death "fortuitous."The book, "Best Laid Plans, The Inside Story of America's War Against Terrorism," was written by David Martin, Pentagon correspondent for CBS, and John Walcott, national security correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.
It looks at the events surrounding the April 15, 1986, U.S. bombing raid on Libya, which American officials said were conducted in response to Libya's role in the bombing of a West Berlin disco frequented by U.S. servicemen.
According to the book, North, then a National Security Council aide, planned to ask Waite to go to Tripoli on April 14 to meet with Gadhafi. Waite, the hostage negotiator from the Church of England, would ask Gadhafi's help in freeing the hostages in Lebanon. Waite would then depart, leaving Gadhafi to spend the night at his compound, the book said Waite, himself now believed a hostage in Lebanon, would not be told that he was being used to set Gadhafi up for a killing, the book said.
Such an assassination plot would have violated American law.