Did Barack Obama Lie About His Knowledge Of The Pan Am Bomber’s Release ?
Several commenters here, as well as more than a few bloggers have jumped on the story about U.S. diplomatic contacts with the Government of Scotland regarding the release last year of Pan Am Flight 103 bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, which I wrote about earlier today.
Essentially, the argument goes, the evidence of diplomatic comments puts the lie to the President’s statement that he was “surprised” at Scotland’s decision to release al-Megrahi as Ed Morrissey argues here:
It shows that the Obama administration lied about being surprised by Megrahi’s release. They knew it was coming, and while they may have been surprised that he went to Libya, the White House knew Scotland was going to spring Megrahi one way or the other.
Is this really the case though ?
Well, here’s what the President had to say about this last week during his press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron:
The President admitted right there that there had been contact between the US and Scotland over this issue prior to al Megrahi’s release, and that’s what today’s report confirms. So, where’s the story ?
I don’t see it.
Update: The State Department has released the complete text of the August 12, 2009 letter.