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.
Wrecakge of Pan Am 103, blown up by a bomb over Lockerbie, Scotland in December 1988. The Obama Regime backed the release of the bomber on "compassionate" grounds.
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.
Scottish ministers viewed the level of US resistance to compassionate release as "half-hearted" and a sign it would be accepted.
Megrahi is not near death's door either. One doctor said he could live another ten years.
A terrorist who killed Americans released with the blessing of this Regime. This needs to be seriously investigated, and there should be Hell to pay for whoever backed the release.