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07-25-2010, 05:14 PM
The US Government told Scottish officials that the Lockerbie bomber's release on compassionate grounds was ''far preferable'' to his transfer back to a Libyan jail, it was revealed today.
07-25-2010, 08:28 PM
This confirms an earlier Daily Mail Story:
No.10 turns on Obama and Clinton for criticising decision to release Lockerbie bomber
By SIMON WALTERS
6th September 2009
Whitehall said US President Obama and Hillary Clinton's reaction to Abdelbaset Al Megrahi's release was 'disingenuous'
Downing Street has hit back at Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for attacking the decision to release the Lockerbie bomber.
President Obama and the US Secretary of State fuelled a fierce American backlash against Britain, claiming Abdelbaset Al Megrahi should have been forced to serve out his jail sentence in Scotland – but a senior Whitehall aide said their reaction was ‘disingenuous’.
British officials claim Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton were kept informed at all stages of discussions concerning Megrahi’s return.
The officials say the Americans spoke out because they were taken aback by the row over Megrahi’s release, not because they did not know it was about to happen.
‘The US was kept fully in touch about everything that was going on with regard to Britain’s discussions with Libya in recent years and about Megrahi,’ said the Whitehall aide.
‘We would never do anything about Lockerbie without discussing it with the US. It is disingenuous of them to act as though Megrahi’s return was out of the blue.
'They knew about our prisoner transfer agreement with Libya and they knew that the Scots were considering Megrahi’s case.’
Mr Obama said Megrahi’s release on compassionate grounds was a ‘mistake’ while Mrs Clinton phoned the Scottish administration to complain in person.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Foreign Secretary David Miliband are said to have been ‘disappointed’ by the force of Washington’s response.
American politicians claimed the Anglo-US ‘special relationship’ had been damaged ‘for years to come’ because the UK had gone back on a joint pledge that Megrahi would stay behind bars in Scotland.
Former US Justice Department official David Rivkin said it was ‘duplicitous behaviour’
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1211495/No-10-turns-Obama-Clinton-criticising-decision-release-Lockerbie-bomber.html#ixzz0uk8p3ZkK
In other words, all of Obama's "outrage" at the release of the Lockerbie bomber was a smokescreen for his administration's involvement.
And let's remember what that "outrage" looked like at the time.
Lockerbie bomber flies home to a hero's welcome as Obama vents his fury at decision to free him
By NIALL FIRTH
20th August 2009
The Lockerbie bomber tonight landed in Libya to a hero's welcome as thousands greeted him at the airport waving flags and posters.
Hours after leaving jail, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi boarded a plane back to his homeland.
His release prompted a furious reaction from America with Barack Obama branding it a mistake.
The US president's pleas for Tripoli to refrain from idolising Megrahi when he landed on home soil went unheeded.
Instead, he was greeted by a mob who had descended on Mitiga Airport brandishing placards and cheering.
In a radio interview from the White House, Obama said: 'We have been in contact with the Scottish government indicating that we objected to this. We thought it was a mistake.
We're now in contact with the Libyan government and want to make sure that if in fact this transfer has taken place that he's not welcomed back in some way but instead should be under house arrest.
Before jetting home tonight, Megrahi claimed that he had 'sympathy' for the families of those who died but that he was innocent of any involvement in the atrocity.
He was flying back to Libya in a jet laid on by Colonel Gaddafi after being released from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds.
The controversial decision to release Megrahi, who is dying of prostate cancer and has only months to live, provoked anger on both sides of the Atlantic.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1207816/Obamas-desperate-appeal-Lockerbie-bomber-die-Scottish-prison-killers-fate-decided.html#ixzz0uk9pIiru
Is anything that comes out of this administration trustworthy?
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