Clinton: Gaddafi, allies may be seeking way out: report

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Posted: Mar 22, 2011 6:16 PM
Clinton: Gaddafi, allies may be seeking way out: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his allies may be exploring exile options, although it is unclear if he would seriously contemplate stepping aside, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday.

"Some of it is theater," Clinton told ABC News in an interview, saying the United States was aware of people reaching out "allegedly on Gaddafi's behalf" to try to assess their options.

"A lot of it is just the way he behaves. It's somewhat unpredictable. But some of it, we think, is exploring. You know, what are my options, where could I go, what could I do. And we would encourage that," she said.

(reporting by Andrew Quinn; editing by Doina Chiacu)