UPDATE 2-US cable: Gaddafi's son took oil from Libyan field

Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:32pm GMT

* 2009 US cable says oil sold to finance Saif's activities

* Total denies any of its oil went to dictator's son

(Updates Total comment)

By Walter Gibbs

OSLO, March 10 (Reuters) - The United States believed in 2009 that Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam was taking part of the output of an oil field run by France's Total, according to a diplomatic cable seen by Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.

The cable from the U.S. embassy in Tripoli -- made available to Aftenposten by the Wikileaks site -- said the Libyan leader's son had regularly diverted oil from the offshore al Jurf field, operated by Total in conjunction with Germany's Wintershall and the Libyan National Oil Corp.

"The embassy could not determine whether Saif's tapping of oil affected the Libyan state's share or whether it came at the expense of the foreign companies," Aftenposten reported on Thursday.

A spokesman for Total said no such activity took place with regard to its production share from al Jurf.   Continued...

  • Africa
  • US
  • Europe
  • Asia
UK £ USD =1.2795
Euro USD =1.1182
Rand USD =0.0776