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Special report: The secret plan to take Tripoli. iLibya: Arab Spring Revolution. L'information trop sérieuse pour être laissée aux journalistes : Des médias en guerre en Libye. Une analyse objective de la situation sur le terrain et du rapport de forces militaires ne permet qu'une seule conclusion: le régime de Kadhafi est fini.

L'information trop sérieuse pour être laissée aux journalistes : Des médias en guerre en Libye

Ce n'est plus qu'une question de temps. Mais dans une guerre… les médias font aussi la guerre. En Irak, on avait fait le raccourci avec les «médias embedded» dans les chars de l'armée américaine. En Libye, les médias font, en fonction des intérêts de leur Etat, le même boulot guerrier. WikiLeaks cables: A guide to Gaddafi's 'famously fractious' family. Muammar Gaddafi presides over a 'dysfunctional' family of eight offspring, WikiLeaks cables reveal.

WikiLeaks cables: A guide to Gaddafi's 'famously fractious' family

Photograph: Sabri Elmhedwi/EPA The leader of the Libyan revolution presides over a "famously fractious" family that is powerful, wealthy, dysfunctional and marked by internecine struggles, according to US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks. The documents shed light on how his eight children – among whom rivalries have sharpened in recent years – his wife and Gaddafi himself lead their lives. Rebels Hijack Gadhafi's Phone Network. Google Earth, an iPhone compass and experience playing 'Call of Duty' have been vital to Libya's rebel war plan.

A screenshot from the game Call of Duty.

Google Earth, an iPhone compass and experience playing 'Call of Duty' have been vital to Libya's rebel war plan

Inset: the iPhone compass app, and a Google Earth image of Misrata, Libya. Source: Supplied IT is probably not what the designers of Google Earth had in mind, but for the rebels in the besieged Libyan city of Misrata their software has become a crucial part of the revolutionary armoury: a free battlefield system that helps them to aim mortars and pinpoint Gaddafi tanks.

Other uprisings in the Arab Spring have leant heavily on the organising powers of Facebook and Twitter, but in Libya it is Google Earth that has become an invaluable asset. "The idea was that of an engineer named Ahmed Eyzert," said Mohammad Bashir al-Ruiyati, 35, who is in charge of artillery on Misrata's southern front. Mr Eyzert first looked at using the system to help the rebels when they began capturing mortars and artillery pieces from Colonel Gaddafi's troops in March, he said. "They search through binoculars. Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi's 25 Strangest Moments. Lockerbie, the Great Manmade River, “Isratine,” abolishing Switzerland, all-female bodyguards, and camels in Belgrade: David A.

Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi's 25 Strangest Moments

Graham chronicles some of the most extreme, outrageous, and bizarre actions and ideas of Libya’s unpredictable strongman. Although he might wish it had happened another way, fierce protests in Libya have put Muammar Gaddafi right back where he loves to be: in the international spotlight. LIVE: Gaddafi defiant as rebels push towards Tripoli - LIBYA. Libya: SAS leads hunt for Gaddafi. Gaddafi said he would fight on “until victory or martyrdom”, while his spokesman said loyalist soldiers were well prepared to carry on the battle “for years”.

Libya: SAS leads hunt for Gaddafi

In other developments: * Dozens of journalists who had been held against their will for five days in a Tripoli hotel were freed without bloodshed * Fierce fighting continued in Tripoli and elsewhere in Libya as hopes that Gaddafi’s forces would surrender proved to be fanciful * Aid agencies warned of a humanitarian “catastrophe” on the horizon as food, water and medical supplies started to run out in the capital * One of the leaders of the de facto government flew to Paris to ask western nations to speed up the unfreezing of £60 billion of Libyan assets held abroad. With pro-Gaddafi forces putting up stubborn resistance in Tripoli and in loyalist towns including Sirte, the NTC and its Nato allies made urgent appeals for the swift capture of the former leader and his family.

Mutassim Gaddafi's girlfriend tells of the final days of Libyan regime. The Accomplice. II. The Professor A s friend, colleague, and academic adviser, David Held, a prominent professor of political science at L.S.E. for many years, watched Saif’s speech with particular attention and concern as it was being delivered. Within a few hours, Held would himself become the subject of intense media scrutiny. Libya: Bloggers Between Dictatorship and War. This post is part of our special coverage Libya Uprising 2011.

Libya: Bloggers Between Dictatorship and War

It's been six months since the Libyan uprising began. How was the Libyan blogging scene before the February 17 revolution, and how has it evolved over the last few months? Sometime in 2009 and way before the Feb 17 Revolution as it is now known, a large number of the Libyan blogging community members had shifted their conversations to Facebook and later on to Twitter, which they felt was more interactive and ‘immediate'.

In this regard, the different English and Arabic blogs were a bit like an empty house with occasional updates on what seemed to be very important events in their life or when ‘guilt’ would prevail. However, this did not mean that the scene was empty but simply that it was somehow less spicy – apart from the usual suspects or hardcore earliest bloggers such as Khadijateri and Imtidad, as well as those who actually loved to write long prose, which was more than 140 characters. This is just getting ridiculous. How far Gadhafi went to monitor Libya's Internet activity - TNW Middle East. It’s no surprise that Libya’s former leader Gadhafi was using technology to spy on his people.

How far Gadhafi went to monitor Libya's Internet activity - TNW Middle East

Foreign Firms Helped Gadhafi Spy on Libyans. ÉCOUTES – « On leur avait montré comment trouver tous les Libyens qui allaient sur » Le système de surveillance Eagle,, fabriqué par la société française Amesys.

ÉCOUTES – « On leur avait montré comment trouver tous les Libyens qui allaient sur »

On vous parlait naguère sur ce blog d'Amesys, une filiale française de Bull, qui avait installé en Libye le système de surveillance du Web utilisé par le régime. Le Figaro a retrouvé un des militaires français qui ont formé les services de renseignement libyens à l'utilisation de ce système, baptisé "Eagle". Son témoignage est édifiant et montre le niveau d'implication de cette société et des militaires français dans la surveillance de l'ensemble des internautes libyens.

"Nous avons mis en route le système d'écoute libyen fin juillet 2008. Les cadres de Bull étaient très attachés à cette mission, qui avait été facturée environ 10 millions d'euros", raconte ce militaire de la direction du renseignement militaire au Figaro. "Nous avons mis tout le pays sur écoute. I2E verse des commissions à Takieddine. Pétrole : l’accord secret entre le CNT et la France. La morale politique n’a rien à faire avec les affaires.

Pétrole : l’accord secret entre le CNT et la France

News Desk: “Dear Moussa”: Libya and the C.I.A. In a series of trashed offices around the Libyan capital, many of Libya’s previously secret intelligence files now lie in plain sight.

News Desk: “Dear Moussa”: Libya and the C.I.A.

Yesterday afternoon, with a couple of representatives of Human Rights Watch, the New York-based human-rights organization, and several fellow reporters, I spent several hours combing through papers and ring binders and box files in an office that had previously belonged to a senior Qaddafi regime official. The office, located in a villa that was guarded by a handful of rebel fighters, is situated on a residential street behind Tripoli’s Intercontinental Hotel, a hulking grey concrete massif that is still under construction on the city’s seaside corniche. The office had once been the domain of Moussa Koussa, a veteran Qaddafi deputy who, last March, early in the Libyan crisis, abruptly fled the country. He is rumored to have done so with the assistance of the British foreign intelligence agency MI6. Photograph by Benjamin Lowy/Getty Images.