"McCain: ‘I Was Noncommittal’ On Helping Qaddafi Get Military Equipment"
Speaking with Rogin, however, McCain had a different recollection of the exchange:
“[Qaddafi] asked me, ‘Well, we’d like to get our C-130 upgrades.’ I said, ‘Well, that’s what you want,’ but I was noncommittal,” McCain said. “I said, ‘I understand that’s your need,’ but I never said anything and I never did a single thing to follow up.”
McCain blamed the U.S. embassy in Libya, which never cleared the account with the Congressional delegation, for the mix-up: “At that time, the embassy was very interested in having a relationship with Qaddafi, but I can’t imagine why that diplomat said the things they said. It’s beyond me.” The author of the memo was the top U.S. diplomatic official in Libya, Joan Polaschik. McCain called the charge made in the cable “outrageous” and said helping Qaddafi to get military equipment “would have been ridiculous.”