Did Obama administration push for release of Lockerbie bomber?

Here are the types of statements that the Obama has made about the release:

“I think all of us here in the United States were surprised, disappointed and angry about the release of the Lockerbie bomber,” Obama said in a short news conference dominated by the topic. ” . . .

Now we hear this:

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

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. . . .

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Blogger frank duggan said...

John - as one who has seen your excellent work on the 2nd Amendment trashed by the media, please do not buy into those phony stories in the UK and Scottish "newspapers" about the role of the US government in the release of the Lockerbie murderer.
The complete letter from LeBaron(I can send it to you) clearly states that US opposed release on any grounds, but if he was going to be released from prison on "compassionate release" it must be done with independent medical evidence and the prisoner must remain in Scotland. The victims families in the US are not opposed to the position taken in this letter, written to the Scots in 2009 prior to the release.
Frank Duggan, President
Victims of Pan Am 103, Inc.

7/26/2010 11:59 AM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Thanks, Frank, that is nice of you to write. I was just hearing today though that the Obama administration is refusing to release the letter from LeBaron. But I would be interest in seeing what you have. Thank you very much for leaving a comment.

7/26/2010 4:54 PM  

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