- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy
After having already been denied a permit to pitch his tent in Englewood, New Jersey during this week’s U.N. meeting, Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi has also been rebuffed in his attempt to rent an upper east side townhouse:
Agents for Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi were met with a strong-arm from a real-estate broker they approached to rent a posh townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side for his visit to the city this week.
The broker, with characteristic New York chutzpah, told them to take a hike back to the desert.
"They kept asking, ‘What would be the price? What would be the price?’ I thought about it and said, ‘Why don’t you send Megrahi back to Scotland, and then maybe we can work something out.’ They hung up on me immediately," said Jason Haber, a broker for Prudential Douglas Elliman.
What’s a claustrophobic dictator to do?