Well, no, but that’s kind of what Al Jazeera is hinting at.
“On the floor of the intelligence chief’s office lay an envelope addressed to Gadaffi’s son Saif Al-Islam. Inside, I found what appears to be a summary of a conversation between . . . Kucinich, who publicly opposed U.S. policy on Libya, and an intermediary for the Libyan leader’s son.
“It details a request by the congressman for information he needed to lobby U.S. lawmakers to suspend their support for the Libyan National Transitional Council and to put an end to NATO airstrikes.
“According to the document, Kucinich wanted evidence of corruption within the NTC and, like Welch, any possible links within the rebel ranks to al-Qaeda.”
Admittedly, that looks pretty awful. But it’s important to look at a) motivation, and b) Denny’s response.
Al Jazeera found a document written by a Libyan bureaucrat to other Libyan bureaucrats. All it proves is that the Libyans were reading the Washington Post, and read there about my efforts to stop the war. I can’t help what the Libyans put in their files. My opposition to the war in Libya, even before it formally started, was public and well known. My questions about the legitimacy of the war, who the opposition was, and what NATO was doing, were also well known and consistent with my official duties. Any implication I was doing anything other than trying to bring an end to an unauthorized war is fiction.
My bias for Kucinich is well known, but even looking through that it appears that the purpose wasn’t to “support Qaddafi” so much as to stop fomenting a war. Big difference. DK himself denies his fingers were actually on the document in the first place, and given quite literally everything we know about the guy, to suggest that he out and out supports a dictator requires one to ignore his history.
That said, I’m not looking forward to the public smearing the right-wing is about to throw at him. Politico is already leading the charge. The headline, picture, and lead paint a picture of Kucinich as a toady for Qaddafi. The rest of the article? Admits that he was on a diplomatic mission, didn’t even go to Libya, and that’s all. But don’t worry, they’ll ramp up the rhetoric soon enough.