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British PM Gordon Brown: There was no 'double-dealing' over Lockerbie bomber

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Deny. Deny. Deny.

It's becoming a daily thing for Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown as the fallout surrounding the release of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi snowballs.

Today – one day after his government released previously classified documents in a bid to quell mounting allegations of ulterior motives in the release of Mr. Megrahi – Mr. Brown again denied any unsavory actions on the part of the British government: "There was no conspiracy, no cover-up, no double-dealing, no deal on oil, no attempt to instruct Scottish ministers, no private assurances by me to [Libyan leader] [Col. Muammar] Qaddafi."

It's 'shambolic,' I say

Brown's words come in response to comments from opposition Conservative party leader David Cameron, who leads in the polls less than a year before an election.

"We are now in a shambolic situation where the government has upset one of our most important allies," Mr. Cameron told BBC radio. "They stand accused of double-dealing, saying one thing to the Libyans and something else to the Americans."

Unfortunately for Brown, however, his denials come as Foreign Minister David Miliband confirmed that the British government did not want Megrahi to die in prison.


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