These report series is dedicated to my mentor, brother and best friend, a British (Lord) Royal and the UN Security Council Special Envoy to the Arab Nations, who is presumed captive and missing days after the last surprise suicide bombing attempt they did to us in Geneva, Switzerland at the same time as the London Conference on Libya for which the media and the Powers that be blocked out from the world. My dearest brother, wherever you are, I love and miss you terribly. I am still standing. I will honor our pact before we got separated that no matter what happens I will not stop being who I am. I will tell the world the TRUTH and will not fear Sarcozy, Cameron and Obama and their minions. I will not stay silent about these malevolent crimes against Gaddafi, his family, the innocent Libyan people, us and humanity. I will honor the lives of our 67 friends and staff, the thousands who have died for standing up and not selling their integrity and Soul. I will not let you down. A promise is a promise. I will fearlessly continue to stand, though alone, and hold up my little candle against these Vampires until my last breath and wake up humanity from this Wicked Web. I love you very much. Come back soon. - Lady Michelle Jennifer Santos

Reference ID: 09TRIPOLI475

Created: 2009-06-16 14:02

Released: 2010-12-07 21:09

Classification: SECRET//NOFORN

Origin: Embassy Tripoli

O P 161408Z JUN 09

FM AMEMBASSY TRIPOLI

TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4917

INFO AMEMBASSY TRIPOLI

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S E C R E T TRIPOLI 000475

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DEPT FOR INR

E.O. 12958: DECL: 6/16/2019

TAGS: PREL PGOV PINR KBIO LY

SUBJECT: ASSESSING AL-QADHAFI’S HEALTH

REF: 07 TRIPOLI 1033

CLASSIFIED BY: Gene A. Cretz, Ambassador, U.S. Embassy –

Tripoli, U.S. Dept of State.

REASON: 1.4 (b), (d)

1. (S/NF) Summary: A XXXXXXXXXXXX diplomat assessed reports that Muammar al-Qadhafi was suffering from cancer as “unreliable” and speculated that they may have been prompted at least in part by information from XXXXXXXXXXXX, but whose actual contact was much more limited and indirect. Separately, XXXXXXXXXXXX told us he was not suffering from cancer, but was hypertensive and borderline diabetic. Al-Qadhafi was described as “a hypochondriac”, who insisted that all examinations and procedures be filmed and then spent hours reviewing them with physicians whom he trusted. While the specific nature of his physical ailments remains unconfirmed, it does appear that al-Qadhafi is not entirely well. XXXXXXXXXXXX told us al-Qadhafi’s schedule of meetings – especially at night – is less intensive than it used to be and that he spends more time resting during the day, complicating the process of scheduling meetings for him. End summary.

GERMAN DIPLOMATS ASSESS CANCER REPORTS AS “UNRELIABLE”

2. (S/NF) XXXXXXXXXXXX he assessed reports that Muammar al-Qadhafi was suffering from cancer as “unreliable”. XXXXXXXXXXXX said he had heard from various contacts — XXXXXXXXXXXX– that al-Qadhafi suffers from throat or prostate cancer. He offered that XXXXXXXXXXXX may have been responsible for initiating and perpetuating reports that al-Qadhafi has cancer of the throat.

3. XXXXXXXXXXXX HYPERTENSION & DIABETES, BUT NOT CANCER

4. (S/NF) Separately, XXXXXXXXXXXX al-Qadhafi was not suffering from cancer. XXXXXXXXXXXX hypochondriac” who obsesses about his physical ailments and insists that all examinations and procedures be filmed. XXXXXXXXXXXX al-Qadhafi reviewing film of an endoscopic examination the Leader had undergone.

5. (S/NF) XXXXXXXXXXXX al-Qadhafi suffered from hypertension and was borderline diabetic, but that he did not suffer from cancer. XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX. There have been reports that a medical specialist, usually described as either Austrian or Swiss, recently traveled to Libya to supervise cancer therapy for al-Qadhafi. End note.) XXXXXXXXXXXX noted that shortly before the period in question, al-Qadhafi — whom he described as “extremely vain” — had botox treatments. XXXXXXXXXXXX the attendant loss of control of facial muscles could have been misinterpreted as a sign that al-Qadhafi had suffered a stroke. In addition, al-Qadhafi had within the past year had hair implants; however, he had suffered a rare auto-immune reaction to the procedure and the plugs had had to be removed.

6. (S/NF) Comment: Speculation about al-Qadhafi’s health is a perennial feature of the rumor mill here. Post noted in televised coverage of al-Qadhafi’s June 10 arrival in Rome that he appeared to be tentative in descending the steps from his aircraft to the tarmac. As reported reftel, Spanish diplomats told us in the run-up to al-Qadhafi’s visit to Spain in December 2007 that GOL officials had insisted that the Leader not be housed above the first floor of the hotel in which he stayed and that his room have as few stairs as possible. When pressed, GOL officials conceded that al-Qadhafi had difficulty physically negotiating stairs. While the specific nature of his physical ailments remains unconfirmed, it does appear that he is not entirely well. Emboffs who visited Libya in 2004-2005 and participated in meetings with al-Qadhafi have noted that his face is much heavier and more slack in appearance now than it was then, and that he appears to have more difficulty moving. XXXXXXXXXXXX recently told us al-Qadhafi’s schedule of meetings – especially at night – is less intensive than it used to be and that he spends more time resting during the day, complicating the process of scheduling meetings for him. That said, he is 67 and maintains a very active international travel schedule. XXXXXXXXXXXX. End summary.

CRETZ

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