CNN) — Just a few years before becoming embroiled in fighting a rebellion, Moammar Gadhafi was spending millions of dollars a year to wage a PR campaign to burnish his global image as a statesman and a reformer, confidential documents show.
The mercurial leader hired The Monitor Group, a Boston-based consulting firm, to execute a public relations strategy that included paying think-tank analysts and former government officials to take a free trip to Libya for lectures, discussions and even personal meetings with Gadhafi starting in 2006.
According to a 2007 memo from Monitor to Gadhafi’s intelligence chief, the campaign was to “enhance international understanding and appreciation of Libya… emphasize the emergence of the new Libya… [and] introduce Muammar Qadhafi as a thinker and intellectual.”
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