Sarkozy-Gaddafi funding scandal: the stifled truth


On November 14th, Mediapart revealed that a judicial investigation had authenticated key evidence that the regime of late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi had agreed to secretly finance the 2007 election campaign of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Yet this information of important public interest has remained ignored by French news agencies and rolling news broadcasters. To stifle news it suffices to not report it, writes Mediapart editor-in-chief Edwy Plenel. He explains here why this website has now decided to publish in full the contents of the judicial report which confirms as genuine an official Libyan document detailing the plans for the funding scam - and which was first published by Mediapart in 2012.

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It is without doubt the most emblematic of investigations undertaken by Mediapart, because of what is at stake, its duration and the difficulties encountered along the way. Yet it is also that which has been the less commented in the public arena, whether by fellow journalists or by politicians. Could they be afraid of affronting the truth that it holds, such is it so explosive, devastating and damning?