The US Embassy has denied claims made by a former US Congresswoman that thousands of American troops were in Malta waiting to go to Libya.

“The US Embassy reiterates the Maltese government’s statement categorically denying claims that there are US troops in Malta,” it said in a one-line statement. The claims were made earlier this week by Cynthia McKinney, a peace activist and a former US Presidential nominee for the Green Party, on her blog under the headline: Why Is President Obama Sending 12,000 US Troops To Libya?

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