THE PLANK JUNE 25, 2009
When Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited Tripoli last year for
the first time in more than 50 years, Qadhafi gave Rice a diamond ring
and other items with a total value of $212,225, according to a report the State Department submitted Wednesday.
Qadhafi's gifts to American visitors last September also reflected
the personality cult he has encouraged over the years. Rice got a
locket with the Libyan leader's photo in it. Her spokesman, Sean
McCormack, got an $800 Men's RADO watch "with small likeness of
Qadhafi's face on watch face," the State Department said in the report
set to be published Thursday in the Federal Register.