Libya Intelligence Officer Defects, Evidence of Payments to Journalists by Gaddafi

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GADDAFI MERCENARY FROM CHAD, WOUNDED AND CAPTURED APRIL 7, 2011
GADDAFI MERCENARY FROM CHAD, WOUNDED AND CAPTURED APRIL 7, 2011

Payment Records to Media/Bloggers/Activists by Gaddafi in Rebel Hands

 

By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

 

Reliable sources in Libya, both with rebel forces and in Tripoli have verified that records of payments made to activists, journalists, bloggers and other media personnel by Gaddafi have been turned over to rebel forces.

The rebels, under the authority of the National Transitional Council,  constitute the legally recognized government of Libya in the instances of criminal jurisdiction, even in areas currently under the control of Colonel Gaddafi.

Included is a list of names, some very well known, some less well known, including records of payments, email correspondence and lists of specific articles.

Some named are still in Tripoli while others have are in the US, Britain and Western Europe.  Received from representatives of the National Transitional Council, the recognized government of Libya:

We’ve received a number of documents detailing rates for articles published and blogposts posted, with the highest rates being paid for articles that make it into the mainstream media (2,000 USD per article) and the lowest (500 USD per item) for blogposts of more than 700 words.  Those who XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX are paid 15,000 USD per day spent there, plus 3,000 USD per article datelined Tripoli or another Gaddafi-held area.

Along with this, we have received reports from VT staffers on the ground with the rebels outlining specifics of all foreign weapons delivered, where, how much, to whom, etc.  We will get these out as soon as possible.

We will not name any American or British nationals involved until they are out of harms way.  Releasing names based on documents, no matter how reliable we may deem the source, is not excusable despite the public’s interest in pointing fingers.

As the rebel government has been recognized, since July 15 by the United States, Britain and other key powers, there are unseen potential legal ramifications tied to, not only war crimes, but for being unregistered foreign agents. Acceptance of payments from the Gaddafi regime (including funds deposited via a Gadaffi controlled corporation and then paid to an ‘agent’) is also considered “money laundering” in accordance with both US law and international convention. Each article is a felony count and there is a past history of prosecutions on the statute.

[Editors observation: Jim W. Dean: Over the past several months we have been receiving pro-Gaddafi submissions.  Articles reflected ‘talking points’, and had a spam quality to them…Suspicions confirmed.]

We have submitted questions to rebel leaders as to whether they plan to use the documents they have to begin criminal prosecutions, including extradition or may be amenable to rethinking their position after the situation has had a cooling off period.  Minimally, the legal government of Libya is going to want their money back.

We are awaiting their response.

THE COEUR D’ALENE RESORT COMPLETES YEAR-LONG MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR RENOVATION PROJECT.

States News Service March 15, 2012 COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — The following information was released by the Idaho Department of Commerce:

The award-winning Coeur d’Alene Resort in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, has completed an extensive year-long multimillion dollar renovation that includes a redesigned lobby, restaurant and lounge, outdoor patio, guest rooms in the original North Wing, expanded meeting spaces and fitness center. With the new Hagadone Event Center on the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene anchoring the reinvigoration project, the upgrades made to the property throughout the past year give The Coeur d’Alene Resort an entirely new modern look and offers guests more services.

“After 2 years of master planning, we are excited to unveil the new expansion and improvements at The Coeur d’Alene Resort,” said Jerry Jaeger, President and Co-Owner of Hagadone Hospitality. “We wanted to provide more outdoor space for guests to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the breathtaking Lake Coeur d’Alene while transforming the lobby and dining spaces into inviting gathering spaces where guests feel comfortable lingering with a drink and by the fire.” Led by Hagadone Hospitality’s in-house design team, Palm-Springs based designer Guy Dreier and local architect Corry Trapp, the year-long three-phase renovation project included:

Revitalized Lobby, Guest Rooms, Dining and Entertainment Locations The resort’s lobby area underwent a massive renovation featuring a reimagined space showcasing a custom built-in 32-by-5-foot 2,200 gallon aquarium with Japanese and domestically-raised Koi fish to welcome guests at check-in, contemporary fireplace, 3,000-square-feet of Brazilian waterfall green granite, blonde hardwood flooring, Starbucks coffee bar, cozy and comfortable furnishings, and custom oil paintings of Dockside’s oversized Gooey desserts by artist David Dornan. in our site coeur d alene resort

Guest rooms in the original North Wing have been outfitted with a new resort wide high definition entertainment system, black absolute granite furnishings and shower fixtures and entertainment bar.

Guests can enjoy elevated dining experiences at Dockside, a family friendly Lakeside restaurant, and Whispers Lounge with new interior designs and dining menus unveiled by Chef Rod Jessick and his culinary team. The revitalized Dockside includes a new state-of-the-art kitchen, “From Scratch” salad bar using organic ingredients and Gooey dessert station. The new menu highlights the best of seasonal Idaho cuisine with a variety of options from Dockside Nibblers, Local Favorites, Artisan Soups and Salads, Sandwiches and Burgers, Sizzling Plates, Fresh Fish and signature desserts including the Gooey desserts and fresh homemade Huckleberry cobbler.

Perfect for after-work cocktails or late night drinks, Whispers debuts a magnificent new look surrounded by five fire cauldrons and outdoor deck with four fire pits, creating more al fresco locations for guests to mingle with food and cocktails. A specialty cocktail menu highlights craft cocktails, coffee and dessert drinks and house infused liquors including cucumber vodka, jalapeno tequila, mint bourbon and limoncello. Guests can snack on bites from the appetizer menu including fresh peppered parmesan or imported Spanish paprika popcorn, Japanese peanuts and Prime Rib Sliders or enjoy a heartier selection from the entree menu including Hand Breaded Halibut, Dungeness Crab Louis or Cowboy Ribeye. here coeur d alene resort

Expanded Meetings and Conventions Spaces The first phase of the renovation project, completed in summer 2011, included the debut of the 11,000-square-foot Hagadone Event Center with more than 200 feet of sliding glass walls, tall fireplaces and dynamically engineered sound systems and banquet space for 300 people. A beautiful lakeside setting for weddings, banquets and special events, the open-air venue expanded the resort’s overall meeting space to 43,000 square feet.

A new garden area overlooking the lake was also built adjacent to the Event Center surrounded by privacy berms planted with 20,000 multi-colored petunias and 5,000 junipers. Featuring a floating bridge in the center of a reflecting pool, the garden provides a beautiful outdoor setting for weddings and parties of up to 500 people.

Meeting, wedding and event planners can also take advantage of the Lakeview Terrace – a newly transformed 4,400-square-foot deck on the second floor of the resort that features outdoor fireplaces and space for up to 300 people.

Enhanced Leisure and Fitness Areas Located adjacent to the Hagadone Event Center is a stunning 25-by-70-foot pool with a full-length infinity edge, sunning deck and fully-furnished private cabanas, creating a relaxing outdoor area for guests to enjoy while taking in panoramic lake views.

To increase the fitness options for guests, the Fitness Center, which overlooks the indoor swimming pool, was outfitted with sports court flooring and extensively expanded, tripling in size to 3,500-square-feet and featuring new state of the art fitness equipment including elliptical trainers, spinning and stationary bikes, treadmills with their own built in coach, Star Trac strength training equipment and TRX Isometric training station.

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About The Coeur d’Alene Resort The Coeur d’Alene Resort features 338 guestrooms and suites overlooking Lake Coeur d’Alene and the pristine Bitterroot Mountains. The resort is home to an award-winning golf course with the world’s only floating green, a full-service spa, signature restaurants and year-round recreational activities. For more information, call (800) 688-5253 or visit www.cdaresort.com.

About Hagadone Corporation The Hagadone Corporation is a privately held corporation that owns and operates a diverse group of companies in four main divisions: hospitality, real estate, publishing and newspapers.

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