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Christiane Amanpour Gets First Interview With Gaddafi

Amanpour Gaddafi

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 02/28/11 01:20 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:35 PM ET

Christiane Amanpour nabbed the first U.S. interview with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Monday.

Amanpour joined the Times of London and the BBC in the interview, Gaddafi's first with the foreign press since the uprising in Libya began. Speaking to ABC's Diane Sawyer, Amanpour said Gaddafi remained defiant during the talk.

On Twitter, Amanpour wrote that Gaddafi "refused to acknowledge that any demonstrations took place in the streets of Tripoli," and said that "all my people love me. They would die to protect me."

Amanpour also wrote on ABC News' website that Gaddafi blamed the uprisings partially on Al Qaeda, and said he felt "betrayed" by the United States.

The interview will air first on Monday night's "World News With Diane Sawyer."

This is Amanpour's second major exclusive during the multiple uprisings that have swept the Middle East. In early February, she nabbed the first interview with then-Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

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