Scottish authorities had the right to release the convicted Lockerbie bomber, though Washington believes the decision was a poor one, a spokesman said. (...)
Embattled British oil company BP, which is to begin drilling off the coast of Libya later this year, has acknowledged it was involved in talks on the prisoner exchange but the company said it wasn't involved directly with Megrahi.
Clinton in response to lawmakers' complaints said that, while Washington was "strongly opposed" to the decision to release Megrahi, the move was carried out according to Scottish law.
PJ Crowley, a spokesman for the US State Department, clarified the government's stance by referring to Scottish authority.
"We have not doubted for a second that this was within the purview of Scottish authorities to make this decision," he said. "We just happen to believe it was a wrong decision."
[From a report on the website of the news agency UPI.]