New Conspiracy: France Killed Gadhafi to Hide Secrets Sarkozy allegedly wanted to keep a lid on 'campaign donations' By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff Posted Oct 8, 2012 4:19 PM CDT 16 comments Comments In this Sept. 23, 2009, photo, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi shows a torn copy of the UN Charter during his address to the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (Newser) – Conspiracy theorists, start your engines. In a new account of Moammar Gadhafi's death, the former Libyan dictator was tracked and killed by a French agent in order to protect France's then-President Nicolas Sarkozy, Time reports. First told by an Italian newspaper, this version of events hinges on the notion that Gadhafi had a big secret to reveal: his secret donations to Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign. What's more, according to a former Libyan official, Syrian President Bashar Assad contacted Sarkozy and offered him a way to find Gadhafi in return for "a grace period" in squashing Syria's rebellion, reports the Telegraph. There's also the Libyan rebel who reportedly killed Gadhafi, was later wounded in Libya, and died in a French hospital. For more, read about the French website that claimed Gadhafi had offered to pump $66 million into Sarkozy's campaign.