Libya's leader has reportedly ignored Blair's appeal despite the fact that the former British prime minister's diplomatic work is largely responsible for rehabilitating Gaddafi in the eyes of the West: "The first oblique hint that Mr Blair might be in active contact with the Libyan regime came in a routine briefing on Friday in which US State Department spokesman P J Crowley said the former PM was among the international figures that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had spoken to during the day."