[This is the headline over an article published on this date in 2011 on the Crethi Plethi website. It reads as follows:]
The British government’s deep fears that Libya would take “harsh and immediate” action against UK interests if the convicted Lockerbie bomber died in a Scottish prison are revealed in secret US embassy cables which show London’s full support for the early release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.
Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, made explicit and “thuggish” threats to halt all trade deals with Britain and harass embassy staff if Megrahi remained in jail, the cables show. At the same time “a parade of treats” was offered by Libya to the Scottish devolved administration if it agreed to let him go, though the cable says they were turned down.
Document 1: Britain ‘between a rock and a hard place’ over Megrahi.
Document 2: US ambassador to Tripoli says Libyan officials warned the UK of ‘dire consequences’ if Lockerbie bomber Abdelbasset al-Megrahi died in a Scottish prison. Threats included commercial sanctions, severing of political ties and suggestions that the welfate of British diplomats and citizens would be at risk.
Document 3: Britain feared Libya would ‘cut us off at the knees’ if Megrahi was not released.
Document 4: Scottish government ‘shocked’ by Megrahi outcry.
Document 5: US diplomats voice ‘strong concerns’ over Qatar’s role in Megrahi release.
Document 6: US suspicion surrounds Tony Blair’s visit to Libya.
Document 7: UK feared hero’s funeral for Megrahi.
[RB: The relevant cables are reproduced in full in the article.]