A bizarre photograph album filled page to page with pictures of Condoleezza Rice has been found at the compound of Colonel Gaddafi. As citizens ransacked the sprawling lair, for the first time discovering the extent of riches enjoyed by their bloodthirsty tyrant, a number of unusual items have been looted.
Perhaps the most surprising, however, was the album, filled with glossy pictures of America’s former Secretary of State.
In person: Gaddafi met Condoleezza Rice in 2008 and insisted on calling her ‘leezza’
Cosy: The pair met in Tripoli on September 5, 2008 – an occasion thought at the time to have signified reconciliation with the former enemy state
Rice did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the discovery of the photos. In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland was also asked about the album.
‘I don’t need to see the photos,’ she said. ‘But bizarre and creepy are good adjectives to describe much of Gaddafi’s behaviour. So (it) doesn’t surprise me. It’s deeply bizarre and deeply creepy, though, if it is as you described.’
Photographer Sergey Ponomarev was with the rebels as they looked through the album.
He said: ‘There were lots of rebels celebrating their victory. It was still unsafe – loyalists were shelling the compound from time to time – but rebels were celebrating the seizure of the Gadhafi compound. They believe the victory is in their hands. Some of them even brought their children to the scene.’
Tribute: Gaddafi filled page after page with pictures of the former Secretary of State
Astonishing: This teapot and teacups fairground ride was just one of sites that greeted insurgents inside Gaddafi’s compound. They also found a zoo
Sofa so good: A rebel fighter poses for a photo as he sits on a two-seater couch
Luxury: Rebel fighters and civilians stroll around the huge swimming pool
Trophy from his visit: This man carries a cup out of the Gaddafi compound while another man stands among a collection of decommissioned munitions inside the residence
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL
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