Hannibal and another brother, Saadi, have "checkered histories of unseemly behavior and public scuffles with authorities in Europe and elsewhere," the official said. According to the same document, another of Gadhafi's sons, Saif al-Arab, described as a "ne'er-do-well," lives in Munich where he "pursues ill-defined business interests and spends much time partying."
"The German Ambassador has expressed concern to us that it is only a matter of time before there is an incident involving him," the official said.
Some of Gadhafi's sons brought so much negative attention to the family that the Libyan dictator assigned a high government official to play the role of a "minder of the more troublesome [Gadhafi] offspring," according to the documents. After an incident in which Saadi disobeyed his father's orders and traveled to Rome, Italy, that minder was removed and Gadhafi's daughter, Aisha, reportedly filled the void.
The Wikileaks disclosures are not news, however, to the Libyan people, who have been well aware of the exploits of the Gadhafi children for years, according to Mansour El-Kikhia, chairman of the department of political science and geography at the University of Texas at San Antonio and author of "Libya's Qaddafi: The Politics of Contradiction".
"We have been talking about what they do, how spoiled they are, how much they abuse their position, how much they manipulated the system to serve themselves," El-Kikhia told ABC News.