White House Backed Release of Lockerbie Bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi

libya_1466286cEditor’s Note – For anyone who has been paying attention for the past 18 mos., it comes as no surprise that the Obama administration has once again been proven to have been dishonest. 

Lies and distortions are par for the course with this regime, after all, the ends justifies the means.

It also comes as no surprise that the administration takes a position favorable to Muslim extremists.

In less than two years, Obama has succeeded in making Richard Nixon look like a rank amateur.  It will be real interesting to see how he blames this on Bush or Fox News.

 

White House Backed Release of Lockerbie Bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi

The US government secretly advised Scottish ministers it would be “far preferable” to free the Lockerbie bomber than jail him in Libya.

By Jason Allardyce and Tony Allen-Mills
The Australian

Correspondence obtained by The Sunday Times reveals the Obama administration considered compassionate release more palatable than locking up Abdel Baset al-Megrahi in a Libyan prison.

The intervention, which has angered US relatives of those who died in the attack, was made by Richard LeBaron, deputy head of the US embassy in London, a week before Megrahi was freed in August last year on grounds that he had terminal cancer.

The document, acquired by a well-placed US source, threatens to undermine US President Barack Obama’s claim last week that all Americans were “surprised, disappointed and angry” to learn of Megrahi’s release.

Scottish ministers viewed the level of US resistance to compassionate release as “half-hearted” and a sign it would be accepted.

In the letter, sent on August 12 last year to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and justice officials, Mr LeBaron wrote that the US wanted Megrahi to remain imprisoned in view of the nature of the crime.

The note added: “Nevertheless, if Scottish authorities come to the conclusion that Megrahi must be released from Scottish custody, the US position is that conditional release on compassionate grounds would be a far preferable alternative to prisoner transfer, which we strongly oppose.”

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