Gadhafi Family 'Felt That They Had to Quiet Everyone': How One American Woman Became a Gadhafi Insider


The severity of the uprising became apparent to her, Frazier said, when she and Saadi Gadhafi were doing a tour of Benghazi, an eastern city that later became the base of rebel operations.

"We knew that the social networks had decided that there was going to be a February 17th day of revolution," she said. "We were kind of waiting in anticipation of that, and I was waiting with bated breath to see what happened next."

"It wasn't scary until the day after it happened, after the revolution," Frazier continued. "Where we knew things were really starting to move, and yes, that was scary."

But Frazier said as the revolution heated up, Gadhafi's world got smaller and his delusions grew.

"I think he thinks he's a deity," she said. "I think he's very cunning, I think he's very smart, and I think he's very charismatic and very dangerous…it was also clear to me how out of touch with reality he was."

Her attempts to try and warn the family that the country -- and the world -- was turning against them, fell on deaf ears.

"I told them not only that they weren't liked, but that ultimately, they would win by playing this in a Western way," Frazier said. "Which is not to shut down and become closed off and to not allow journalists to interview people who have voices of dissention, because they were -- in their culture, in their mind, any voice of dissention is bad. They felt that they had to quiet everyone."

In the end, it was the Gadhafis that were silenced -- the dictator dead, and his son Saadi Gadhafi, Frazier's one-time boss, under house arrest in the African nation of Niger -- a fate she had predicted.

"I'm absolutely not surprised," she said. "There's only two ways for them to end up, and that's dead or in jail."

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