The CIA chief says he believes Moammar Gadhafi is still alive, despite a NATO airstrike that reduced much of the Libyan leader’s family compound to rubble.

Gadhafi has not been seen in public since Saturday’s attack, which Libyan officials said killed one of Gadhafi’s sons and three grandchildren. Officials have said Gadhafi was in the building, but survived.

CIA chief Leon Panetta told the U.S. TV network NBC on Tuesday that the “best intelligence we have is that he’s still alive.”

Libya’s deputy foreign minister, Khaled Kaim, says Gadhafi met with tribal leaders on Tuesday.

Kaim refused to praise or condemn the U.S. action that killed Osama bin Laden. He only says Libya has long fought al-Qaida.

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