CIA 'gathering intel firsthand' in Libya, source says
Libyan rebels head toward Brega Thursday. The White House says it hasn’t decided whether to provide arms to the opposition.
March 30th, 2011
06:15 PM ET

CIA 'gathering intel firsthand' in Libya, source says

The CIA is operating in Libya to help the United States increase its "military and political understanding" of the situation, a U.S. intelligence source said.

"But yes, we are gathering intel firsthand and we are in contact with some opposition entities," the source told CNN.

The White House refused to comment on a Reuters report Wednesday that President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel troops.

"I will reiterate what the President said yesterday - no decision has been made about providing arms to the opposition or to any group in Libya," White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement. "We're not ruling it out or ruling it in. We're assessing and reviewing options for all types of assistance that we could provide to the Libyan people, and have consulted directly with the opposition and our international partners about these matters."

soundoff (166 Responses)
  1. Tony

    The call is on for the whole middle east people to join forces and fight to overturn your dictatorship Government and brake free from your oppression, its now or never.

    April 1, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Tony

    No the US should not trust to arm the opposition, instead we should go in with our forces and back them up...solidarity! No this is a wise move, they can not stand a chance alone against Gadhafi forces, Israel should get involved and help their fellow Arabs it would be good for their relations with Pakistan, Gadhafi must be terminated asap.

    April 1, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Tony

    We should sand in the MAFIA to do Gadhafi they will get it done

    April 1, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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