Mutassim was also the one greeted warmly the same year by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington, D.C. With Mutassim at her side, Clinton told reporters at the time she was "very much looking forward" to broadening and strengthening the relationship between the two nations.
But Saif al-Islam had managed to win over many Libyans, one cable noted, by staying relatively clear of the public debauchery and publicly calling for reform -- even by occasionally sharply criticizing his father.
In 2007, Saif al-Islam publicly confirmed for the first time the torture of six Bulgarians who were held in Libya for several years which had been reported by several international news organizations.
In a speech the next year, Saif al-Islam criticized the "forest of dictatorships" in the Middle East and called for a "more robust civil society, judicial reforms, greater respect for human rights and more press freedoms," one cable said.
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