Is Libya’s leader Khadafi romantically involved with his blond, sexy Ukrainian nurse? as WikiLeaks spill secret U.S cables.
Special to USAfricaonline.com
Veteran Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi fears flying over water, prefers staying on the ground floor and almost never travels without his trusted Ukrainian nurse, a “voluptuous blond,” according to a US document released by WikiLeaks.
Kadhafi’s eccentric and unpredictable personality is described in the State Department cable, which was posted on the New York Times website, a small sampling of the more than 250,00 documents unveiled by WikiLeaks on Sunday despite Washington’s protests.
The cable from September 2009 describes how Kadhafi’s preferences for shorter flights and accommodation on the ground floor created logistical headaches for his staff, and that the Libyan leader never traveled without a certain Ukrainian nurse at his side.
Kadhafi had a team of nurses and “relies heavily on his long-time Ukrainian nurse, Galyna Kolotnytska, who has been described as a ‘voluptuous blond,'” said a secret cable from the Tripoli embassy dated September 29, 2009, written by the US ambassador, Gene Cretz.
One source, whose name was blacked out by the Times, tells the US embassy that Kadhafi cannot travel without Kolotnytska, “as she alone ‘knows his routine,'” it said.
“Some embassy contacts have claimed that Qadhafi and the 38 year-old Kolotnytska have a romantic relationship,” it said.
“While he did not comment on such rumors, a Ukrainian political officer recently confirmed that the Ukrainian nurses ‘travel everywhere with the Leader.'”
The cable was written after US officials had discussed arrangements for the Libyan leader’s visit to New York last year to address the UN General Assembly.
After the nurse’s travel paperwork was delayed, the Libyan government arranged a private jet to fetch her so she could join Kadhafi and his entourage in Portugal, where the leader spent the night en route to New York, according to the document. AFP/Dan De Luce
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