Qaddafi Kept a Special Photo Album of Condoleezza Rice in His Palace

Rebels ransacking Libyan ruler Muammar Qaddafi's compound found a strange artifact yesterday: A big album of close-up pics of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Even brutal dictators have schoolboy crushes, apparently.

Rebels found the album (above) stashed, likely, in Qaddafi's sock drawer. We're not going to speculate why he had it, but we hear the pages featuring Condi and Qaddafi during her 2008 visit to his compound were stuck together. Of course if you asked him about it, he'd probably say he just accidentally got the blood of a political dissident on it.

According to Politico, Qaddafi's been a fan of Condi for quite a while: "I support my darling black African woman," he told al-Jazeera in 2007. "I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders … 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."

Colonel Qaddafi: The Leon Phelps of African strongmen.

[Image via AP]