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Obama and Clinton Knew All About Release of Lockerbie Bomber

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Posted on September 6 2009 12:22 pm
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al-Megrahi

On August 24th NewsReal’s Claude Cartaginese blogged about the despicable release of an Islamist terrorist responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people. Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi, who killed 270 peole, was released by the United Kingdom to return back to Libya and the waiting arms of Muammar al-Qadaffi.

I followed up on the story on August 31st by highlighting a blog post by historian Ron Radosh who asked the prescient question:

So the question must be stated: Would Britain have allowed this deal to be undertaken without informing President Obama in advance?

And now we know the answer:

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.

Ugh. Well that’s depressing.

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