The four New York Times foreign reporters who went missing in eastern Libya on Tuesday were in fact captured by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi and will be released today, Gadhafi's son Saif promised in an interview with Christiane Amanpour last night.
Here's what Gadhafi said in the transcript at least:
They entered country illegally and when the army, when they liberated the city of Ajdabiyah from the terrorists and they found her there and they arrest her because you know foreigners in this place. But then they were happy because they found out she is American, not European. And thanks to that she will be free tomorrow.
Though Gadhafi only mentioned one Times reporter the Libyan government has told the State Department that all four will be released.
Meanwhile, the Gadhafi regime, in response to the United Nations Security Council recent authorization of military action and a no-fly zone, is now suddenly promising an “immediate ceasefire and the stoppage of all military operations” against Libyan rebels.