The files left behind by the head of Col. Muammar Qaddafi's spy agency suggest that the Central Intelligence Agency worked closely with the Libyan government, and may have sent terrorism suspects to the north African nation, despite the country's reputation for torturing dissidents.
The story told by the spy documents plays out across major international news outlets, which note that the temporary warming of U.S. officials to Libya in the last decade had been widely known, especially since the country abandoned its nuclear proliferation efforts. But the extent of the CIA's cooperation with Libya's spying apparatus had been a key secret.
From The New York Times:
Although it has been known that Western intelligence services began cooperating with Libya after it abandoned its program to build unconventional weapons in 2004, the files left behind as Tripoli fell to rebels show that the cooperation was much more extensive than generally known with both the C.I.A. and its British equivalent, MI-6.
Some documents indicate that the British agency was even willing to trace phone numbers for the Libyans, and another appears to be a proposed speech written by the Americans for Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi about renouncing unconventional weapons.