SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT NEW YORK - Even as Nato bombed Libya, a group of Americans offered to make Col Muammar el-Qaddafi their client - and charge him a hefty consulting fee. Their price: a $10 million retainer before beginning negotiations with the Libyan leaders representatives, according to a media report. The fees and payments set forth in this contract are MINIMUM NON-REFUNDABLE FEES, said the draft contract, with capital letters for emphasis, according to a dispatch in The New York Times Friday. The fees are an inducement for the ATTORNEYS AND ADVISORS to take the case and nothing else. Neil Livingstone, a terrorism specialist and consultant, said he helped put together the deal after hearing that one of Colonel Qaddafis sons, Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, was interested in an exit strategy for the family. But he and his partners were not going to work for free, Livingstone said. We were not an eleemosynary organization, he was quoted as saying. Livingstone, a television commentator and prolific author who moved home to Montana this year to try a run for governor, said he had long been a vocal critic of Colonel Qaddafi and was briefly jailed by his government on a visit to Libya in the 1970s. The goal of the consulting deal, he insisted, was not to save Colonel Qaddafi but to prevent a bloodbath in Libya by creating a quick way out for the ruler and his family. The idea was to find them an Arabic-speaking sanctuary and let them keep some money, in return for getting out, he said. The consultants promised to help free billions of dollars in blocked Libyan assets by steering the government into compliance with United Nations resolutions. But the Americans did not get the Treasury Department license they needed to accept payment from Libya, which was then subject to sanctions. Colonel Qaddafi was ousted from Tripoli in August by rebel forces backed by NATO airstrikes, and was captured and killed Oct. 20. Now the confidential documents describing the proposed deal have surfaced on the Internet, the Times said. A Facebook page called WikiLeaks Libya has made public scores of documents apparently found in Libyan government offices after the Qaddafi government fell.