February 26, 2011 2:19 PM

At long last, a reporter gets an unfiltered look at Libya

For the past five years, McClatchy's Hannah Allam has had a standing visa application with the Libyan government of Moammar Gadhafi, which had made it clear the visa would never be granted. So it was with a perhaps juvenile glee that Allam walked across the Egyptian-Libyan border and into the opposition-controlled eastern territory last week without anyone on the Libyan side even glancing at her passport. Here's what she found.

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