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) -- Libyan rebels unearthed a bizarre find on Thursday in dictator Moammar Gadhafi's compound: A photo album loaded with pictures of former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Gadhafi previously hinted at some affection for one of former President George W. Bush's closest confidants in an interview with


television in 2007.

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was allegedly fond of former Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice.

"I support my darling black African woman," he said, according to the

Associated Press

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. "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."

Gadhafi and Rice met in 2008 when she visited Libya in a meeting meant to establish stabilizing relations between the two countries.


made headlines earlier today in more muted fashion when a publishing house announced the release date for her new memoir.

The book "No Higher Honor" is expected to highlight many of the influential foreign policy decisions she negotiated as U.S. National Security Advisor and Secretary of State while in the Bush Administration from 2001 to 2008.

Though rebels found the photo album, Gadhafi himself continued to elude capture by anti-government forces on Thursday.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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