Alex Salmond has put pressure on the US and the UK governments to release correspondence between the governments related to the release of the Lockerbie bomber. While the Obama Administration expressed outrage and shock about the release, they did know about it according to the correspondence. They had hoped for an alternative than his return to Libya, but the administration knew prior that he was to be released.
Salmond claims the communication will prove Mr. MacAskill acted with integrity over the release. The leaked letter was written eight days before the release of the bomber. The US position was that Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi not be released at all, but if so that he be released into the care of the Scottish community.
The letter said freeing Megrahi into the Scottish community “would mitigate a number of the strong concerns we have expressed with regard to release.”
The release of the letter and other correspondence and records would help Salmond comply with the request from US Senator Robert Menedez to provide the information prior to this week’s Senate inquiry into the release of Megrahi.
The US Senate is holding an inquiry into the release of the bomber and what role BP played in the arrangement. Not long after the release BP secured a drilling contract from Libya.