Documents Reveal British Role in Lockerbie Bomber's Release

In an attempt to quash the conspiracy theories surrounding Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, Britain and Scotland have published correspondence and other material relating to the convicted Lockerbie bomber's release

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Released Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, in a hospital bed in Tripoli, Libya, on Aug. 30, 2009

Conspiracy theories are like cacti: they flourish when information flows are restricted and are apt to perish under a deluge of facts. So the British government in Westminster and the semi-autonomous Scottish administration in Edinburgh could reasonably have expected the torrent of documents they published on Sept. 1 to kill off the wilder conspiracies surrounding last month's release of the convicted Lockerbie bomber, Libyan Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi. And those documents — letters among Westminster, Edinburgh and Tripoli; minutes of meetings; and reports on everything from al-Megrahi's failing health to the hefty policing costs that would be incurred if he were...

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