With the violence and chaos in Libya escalating as the country descended into civil war earlier this year, many were struck by the image of a country in turmoil.
But one group of mercenary individuals saw just one thing- a lucrative business opportunity.
Four Americans: a former CIA agent, a DC terrorism expert, a Kansas city lawyer and a onetime Republican National Committee member, offered themselves to Gaddafi as consultants for hire, new documents found in a Tripoli government building and published on Facebook show.
The upfront fee to begin negotiations? A cool $10 million.
According to the New York Times, 'The fees and payments set forth in this contract are MINIMUM NON-REFUNDABLE FEES,” the proposed contract stated. 'The fees are an inducement for the ATTORNEYS AND ADVISORS to take the case and nothing else.'
The three-page letter, dated April 17 and addressed to Colonel Gaddafi, offered the Libyan leader the lobbying services of the so called 'American Action Group', who would attempt to gain political ground from the rebels and win United States government support.
The consultants promised to help free up billions of dollars in frozen Libyan assets by moving the government into line with United Nations resolutions.
The letter, written by another partner in the proposal, a Belgian named Dirk Borgers, noted that the rebels had their own lobbyists in Washington. and that to keep up, Gaddafi needed to get representatives on the ground.
Source and full story: The Daily Mail, 18 November 2011