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Jamming Tripoli: Inside Gaddafi's Secret Surveillance Network

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Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi gestures as he arrives at the Rixos hotel in the capital Tripoli on March 8, 2011. (MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi gestures as he arrives at the Rixos hotel in the capital Tripoli on March 8, 2011. (MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)

He once was known as al-Jamil—the Handsome One—for his chiseled features and dark curls. But four decades as dictator had considerably dimmed the looks of Moammar Gadhafi. At 68, he now wore a face lined with deep folds, and his lips hung slack, crested with a sparse mustache. When he stepped from the shadows of his presidential palace to greet Ghaida al-Tawati, whom he had summoned that evening by sending one of his hulking female bodyguards to fetch her, it was the first time she had seen him without his trademark sunglasses; his eyes were hooded and rheumy. The dictator was dressed in a white Puma tracksuit and slippers. How tired and thin he looked in person, Tawati thought.

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