Wikileaks Cables: UK Freed Libyan Bomber Partly To Protect BP Deal

"A Libyan intelligence officer convicted of the bombing of a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland was released from prison following threats to British business interests, US State Department documents released by WikiLeaks reveal.

While the Scottish government claims Abdelbaset Mohmed Ali al-Megrahi, known as the Lockerbie bomber, was freed on compassionate grounds because he was suffering from terminal cancer, many have speculated that BP pressured Britain to free him to protect a 2007 oil exploration deal with Libya valued at $900 million."

Eric W. Dolan reports for Raw Story December 8, 2010.

SEE ALSO:

"WikiLeaks Cables: Lockerbie Bomber Freed After Gaddafi's 'Thuggish' Threats" (Guardian)

"Clinton To Look Into Senators' Request on BP, Libya" (Reuters)

"US Senators Demand BP Records on Libya Lobbying" (London Telegraph)

 

Thursday, December 9, 2010