Soon after the Libyan capital fell to the rebels, the most important symbols of Qaddafi’s regime collapsed, too, particularly the intelligence service department.
Libyan citizens were forbidden to pass by the building housing the department unless they had business there; it contains countless numbers of important files and documents considered to be confidential.
Al Arabiya walked in the corridors and offices of the building, which had been bombed by NATO forces; nothing was left of Qaddafi’s intelligence apparatus but remnants.
One Libyan man said that people had always been afraid to pass in front of the building, but now it is under the control of a group of rebels.
The office of the service chief, Abdullah Senussi, was empty; he and his officers fled the bombing and the attack by the rebels.
The rebels seized important documents in the building and locked them in filing cabinets; they are now in the hands of The Transitional Council.
An opposition leader says these files condemn Qaddafi and his regime and tell the stories of many conspiracies and missions carried out against other countries.
He said that the documents included details of cooperation between the Libyan intelligence service and armed groups in Darfur, southern Sudan and the terrorist movement Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines, among many others.
The files also include countless incidents of Qaddafi’s regime spying on Libyan citizens.
The damaged building is a reminder of Libya’s dark past.
Translated from Arabic by Sarah Sfeir