Libya accused U.S. officials Sunday of acting like "gangsters" after revelations that former National Security aide Oliver North allegedly devised a scheme to assassinate Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
The Libyan news agency Jana referred to the book "Best Laid Plans," which says North planned to use Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite as bait to lure Gadhafi to his Tripoli compound the night U.S. planes bombed his home in 1986.The book, by CBS Pentagon correspondent David Martin and the Wall Street Journal's national security correspondent, John Walcott, said North planned to ask Waite to go to Tripoli to meet with Gadhafi on freeing American hostages in Lebanon.
Waite would have left after the meeting, but Gadhafi would have remained behind in his compound according to the scheme, which the book said was "quickly rejected." The book did not name its sources.
Jana, monitored by the BBC in London, said the excerpt of the book appearing in this week's U.S. News & World Report revealed North "laid a plan with the full knowledge of the U.S. administration to exploit a mission of a European figure (aite) to Libya to know the exact place of the leader (adhafi) and send the American bombers to attack the said place."
Jana's political editor said, "The plot revealed today and the ones before it which included American official terrorism and subversion represent the style of smugglers and heads of gangsters.
"Every day the U.S. administration reveals its real ugly face, showing that America has become the official center of the administration of terrorism and subversive plots, assassination and aggression against other peoples in a manner never seen before in contemporary political history," the editor said.
"Is it possible for the world, before all these scandals, to believe or take any notice of all the empty claims of terrorism and accusing others of carrying it out?" the Jana editor said.