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Obama Authorizes Secret Support for Libya Rebels

Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 03:58 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, government officials told Reuters Wednesday.

Obama signed the order, known as a presidential "finding", within the last two or three weeks, according to four U.S. government sources familiar with the matter.

Such findings are a principal form of presidential directive used to authorize secret operations by the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA and the White House declined immediate comment. (Reporting by Mark Hosenball; additional reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by David Storey)

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