Wednesday, 29 August 2012

VT Report: 'Botched 1980 Gaddafi Assassination Kills All Aboard'

An Assassination of International Proportions 27 June 1980 and a Cover-Up by NATO – Civilian Jet with 81 Onboard Shot Down by French Mirage Instead of Qaddafi’s Plane over Sicily:

If new documents uncovered in Libya are to be believed, the opportunity to assassinate Qaddafi presented itself on the night of June 27, 1980, when he was scheduled to fly home from Europe and across the Mediterranean in his personal Tupolev airliner.

A pair of French Mirage jet fighters were readied for a very special mission — Qaddafi’s jet would be intercepted and shot down, leaving all parties involved with plausible deniability. If all went well, the wreckage would be lost at sea and the action would resolve the Libyan problem once and for all.

From the start, however, things didn’t quite go as planned. What should have been a simple interception turned into a confusing engagement with jet fighters involved from no less than four nations.

The French, the Libyans, the Italians and the Americans would all converge toward a single point over the sea off the coast of Italy — and flying into the melee would come Itavia Flight 870, completely unaware of the unfolding drama ahead.

Unbeknownst to the French, however, their assassination attempt was doomed from the start. According to the newly uncovered Libyan documents, Qaddafi was tipped off at the last moment about the plot by someone from within the SISMI, Italy’s secret service.

Thus, Qaddafi made a snap decision and diverted his plane to land on the island of Malta

A fascinating story that is very likely to be true on account of the converging lines of evidence. It would be useful to see the original Libyan documents that record the Italian warning of the assassination attempt. One thing is fairly certain, that the airliner was shot down by a missile. See the wikipedia entry on Flight 870 for confirmation of many details of the above story.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 29th, 2012.]

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