[This is the headline over a report in today's edition of The Herald. It reads in part:]
Scottish ministers insisted yesterday that they had nothing to fear from a call for “whistleblowers” to reveal fresh evidence about the release of the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing.
American senators are to appeal for doctors, lawyers and others who may have knowledge of events surrounding his release to come forward.
The politicians, who promise they will protect the identities of would-be informers, believe the information should be made public out of “compassion” for the 270 victims of the bombing.
But the extraordinary call, expected later this week, will mark a further deterioration in transatlantic relations in the run-up to the first anniversary of the release on Friday of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi. (...)
A spokesman for Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill insisted that ministers were “not concerned” about the call for whistleblowers.
He said that any extra evidence that emerged would not contradict the Scottish Government’s version of events, adding: “We are not concerned about this at all.”
He also suggested that although two of the senators involved, including Robert Menendez from New Jersey, are members of the Foreign Relations Committee, which is looking into the issue, they increasingly appear to be acting as individual politicians.
“Senator Menendez appears now to be acting on his own account, rather than on behalf of the Foreign Relations Committee,” the spokesman said.
[The Scotsman today runs three Megrahi-related articles. The first, Doctors cast fresh doubt on case for freeing Megrahi is a rehash of the stories that appeared in the Sunday newspapers yesterday. The second, Senator 'misunderstands' says MacAskill deals with the Justice Department reaction to the whistleblowing call. The third, 'We want the truth: who murdered our families?' deals with the letter to editors sent by the Justice for Megrahi campaign.]