Rebel fighters look through an album they found inside Moammar Gaddafi’s compound with images of Condoleeza Rice. (Sergey Ponomarev/AP)

As rebels overrun Moammar Gaddafi’s Bab al-Aziziya compound, they provide glimpses into the lifestyle Gaddafi led. It’s a world of opulent chandeliers, giant stuffed animals, golden statues in his self image and underground bunkers stocked with telephones. One of the more surprising finds is an album full of photographs of the former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

The likely-to-be-former leader of Libya had a soft spot for the U.S. diplomat, who he called “Leezza” and his “darling black African woman.”

From a 2008 Post article:

I support my darling black African woman. I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders,” [Gaddafi] said in the March 27, 2007, interview. “She beckons to the Arab foreign ministers, and they come to her, either in groups or individually. . . . Leezza, Leezza, Leezza. . . . I love her very much. I admire her, and I’m proud of her, because she’s a black woman of African origin.”

MSNBC has more images of the Condoleeza Rice album, or see more images from the Gaddafi compound below. Read the full story on what the rebels found in the compound here.


Rebel fighters seen inside the compound. (Sergey Ponomarev/AP)