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Harvard Professors’ Consulting Firm Helped Qaddafi Polish His Image

A consulting firm founded by Harvard professors in Cambridge, Mass., received $250,000 a month from the Libyan government to help polish the image in the West of its leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, The Boston Globe reported today. The work for Colonel Qaddafi included a proposed book expounding his views on democracy and freedom, paid visits to the Libyan leader by a host of academic luminaries, and even help on a doctoral dissertation that his son Seif was writing at the London School of Economics and Political Science. (The school’s director resigned yesterday over its ties to the Libyan regime.) The consulting firm, known as the Monitor Group, said its work for Colonel Qaddafi was designed to bring about change in the Libyan leader, who in recent days has drawn worldwide condemnation for a brutal crackdown on rebels that has killed scores of civilians.

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