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In following up on the death of Ibn Sheikh al-Libi, I found that Andy (Guantanamo Files) Worthington reported the death on 10 May. At the time, he wrote that "So far...the only English language report is on the Algerian website Ennahar Online:"

...which reported that the Libyan newspaper Oea stated that al-Libi (aka Ali Abdul Hamid al-Fakheri) "was found dead of suicide in his cell," and noted that the newspaper had reported the story "without specifying the date or method of suicide."

The case has been slowly gathering steam, and Worthington now has an AlterNet feature on it: was rendered by the CIA to Egypt, where, under torture, he claimed that Saddam Hussein had offered to train two al-Qaeda operatives in the use of chemical and biological weapons.

This claim was used by Colin Powell, in his speech to the UN in February 2003, when the Secretary of State was attempting to drum up support for the invasion of Iraq, even though, as the New York Times revealed in 2005, the Defense Department's own Defense Intelligence Agency had concluded, in February 2002, that al-Libi was "intentionally misleading" his interrogators.

In "The Death of Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi," Ken Silverstein observes: "I wouldn't bet big money that he was a suicide, as Libya doesn't treat political detainees very well." Scott Horton's "A Convenient Death," also at Harper's, notes that "Al-Libi could have been a star witness in a case against those who built the bogus case for the invasion and occupation of Iraq, and the Bush Administration has long been eager to have him disappear:"

When, in September 2006, President Bush ordered the transfer of the "worst of the worst" terrorist detainees from CIA black sites to Guantánamo, al-Libi was nowhere to be found. Why? Al-Libi had great potential to embarrass the CIA and the Bush White House. The Bush Administration wanted him out of sight. They accomplished that, in the first instance, by turning him over to Libyan authorities, who subjected him to a pseudo-trial and locked him away for what turned out to be a life sentence.

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