Gaddafi's son used spies for his PHD
Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, son of the Libyan dictator, used a firm that employs the former head of British intelligence to carry out research for his doctoral thesis.|
He used Monitor Group to interview the heads of NGOs for a paper that argued the "central failing" of current global institutions was the "highly undemocratic" set-up.
Monitor Group, which is one of the world's most prestigious corporate consultancies, employs Sir Richard Dearlove, head of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) at the time of the Iraq war and Sir Mark Allen, the intelligence agent who brought Col Gaddafi's regime in from the cold.
Saif spent four years researching his thesis at the London School of Economics and his PhD thesis was filed at the Senate House library of the University of London last year.
I SPY: Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi spent four years researching his thesis at the London School of Economics.
The paper runs to 428 pages and calls for democracy and greater influence for business in multi-national affairs.
Saif had first hired them in 2004 to outline a strategy for economic reform that has seen Libya open up to investment from international businesses.
He records work carried out by the group and thanks "a number of individuals" at Monitor in his acknowledgements at the beginning of his thesis.
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Saif (37) is seen as a potential heir to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who has been dictator of Libya for 40 years.