Fog of War: No, Pfizer Is Not Supplying Ghadafi's Troops With Viagra for Mass Rapes

Pfizer (PFE) is not supplying Moammar Gadhafi's troops with Viagra as " a tool of massive rape," as hinted at by CNN and Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, yesterday. In fact, Pfizer hasn't supplied Libya with any products since February, the company tells BNET:
Pfizer is appalled by the allegations of abuse in Libya. We condemn any misuse of our medicines. Pfizer stopped shipping all products to Libya in February, when sanctions were implemented by the international community. Our thoughts remain with the people of Libya, and for a peaceful resolution to this conflict.
The jury is still out on whether rape is being used as a weapon of war in Libya -- Moreno-Ocampo is still investigating. In the meantime, this how the Viagra-rape meme got started:
"There are rapes. ... There's some information with Viagra. So, it's like a machete," he said. "It's new. Viagra is a tool of massive rape."
In sum, we have some rebel sources claiming Viagra is being used in Ghadafi's rape campaign on the one hand, and on the other Human Rights Watch, U.S. defense and intelligence officials denying the same. Everyone else is just repeating what they saw on Al-Jazeera.


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