Lockerbie bomber hospitalized. Britain's Brown denies deal, again.(Read article summary)
Gordon Brown says no double dealing or oil deal one day after his government released classified documents about freeing Abdelbaset al-Magrahi.
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. It's now being reported that Mr. Megrahi has been hospitalized in Libya.
And earlier today – one day after Brown's government released previously classified documents in a bid to quell mounting allegations of ulterior motives in the release of 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 in private ... 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.