There are more signs today that top people near Moammar Gadhafi are at least sweating their future, feeling out the U.S. and Arab allies for options as the coalition continues to shrink the forces loyal to the Libyan dictator.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spurred the palace intrigue when she revealed to ABC's Diane Sawyer the U.S. had picked up on signals that people might be interested in who might be willing to host a deposed leader.
Following up, CNN reports tonight that "none of Gadhafi's inner circle have indicated Gadhafi was ready to leave, nor have any of them suggested they are ready to abandon Gadhafi," but they are talking to State Department officials.
Gadhafi's close confidant and brother-in-law Abdullah Sanussi calls the State Department almost daily, and Foreign Minister Musa Kusa has also been in touch more than once, senior U.S. officials told CNN.
Arab allies have told U.S. officials they have heard from people close to Gadhafi.
"They are indeed reaching out, but it's not clear to what end," one senior official said. "It's not clear what's the purpose of all these calls."