March 27, 2011
The State Department helped facilitate an educational visit to the United States this year by the Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi’s youngest son, a 27-year-old military commander who became a prominent figure in the violent crackdown against Libyan protesters, according to the U.S. company that hosted the visit.
At the time of the January visit, State officials held a mild view of Khamis al-Gaddafi, calling him a reformer who should be exposed to American customs and business practices, a spokesman for the company said.
“They said it would be beneficial if he came away from the visit with a positive view of the U.S.,” said Paul Gennaro, spokesman for AECOM, an engineering and architectural design firm based in California that had business contracts with the Libyan government.
The State Department on Friday acknowledged that U.S. officials greeted the young Gaddafi on his arrival in the United States but said the government did not officially sponsor the visit.
This article was posted: Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 7:08 am