From Christiane Amanpour‘s interview with the Libyan leader’s son:
CA: Saif, let me ask you something: The four New York Times journalists — are they going to be freed? Where are they right now?
SG: You know, they entered country illegally and when the army, when they liberated the city of Ajdabiyah from the terrorists and they found her there and they arrest her because you know foreigners in this place. But then they were happy because they found out she is American, not European. And thanks to that she will be free tomorrow. But I told you that here the people are welcoming the American position and not the Europeans and the Arabs. We are very angry at the Europeans and the Arabs because they are happy with you if you are strong — they have contracts, they have deals and oil. If you are weak, everybody is against you. This time, the Americans are different.
Later in the interview:
CA: Tell me what is going to happen. Are you going to free, release the four New York Times journalists?
SG: As I said, believe me, this is not my decision, but the people here now, the news here in Libya, I don’t know why they are annoyed with Americans. … People are very angry with Arabs and Europeans, and I heard this is not because of that. They will release her although she entered country illegally.