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Libya / Uprising / Minister's Defection #991045

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 30, 2011
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Breaking news on Libya that President Obama has secretly authorized CIA involvement to gather intelligence and the defection of Libyan leader Muammar el-Kadhafi's foreign minister Moussa Koussa†† introduced; details given {with video} of the retreat of the opposition force from Ras Lanuf.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Tripoli: Nic Robertson) The background to the flight of Koussa†† from Libya to London jumping ship in a crucial moment and reports that Kadhafi is using mercenaries in his army discussed; photos shown.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Telephone discussion held with national security analyst Fran Townsend about Libya. [TOWNSEND - calls Koussa's defection a huge development because he was responsible for the Libyan weapons program and has secrets to tell about Kadhafi; assumes the defection of Koussa was prepared for by US/British intelligence.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Ajdabiya: Ben Wedeman) The surprise over the defection of a senior figure in the intelligence services and the withdrawal of the disorganized rebels who cannot make significant advances before being driven back discussed

Cooper, Anderson;
Robertson, Nic;
Wedeman, Ben

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