WASHINGTON — British Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday he would not order a fresh investigation into why the convicted Lockerbie bomber was set free by Scotland or whether BP had a role in the controversial decision. US President Barack Obama stood by his new peer but said that "all the facts" must come out.
In declaring his position — to potentially make public more information from an earlier investigation of Libyan Abdel Baset al-Megrahi's release, but not start a new one— Cameron politely but roundly rebuffed the US government in his first White House visit.
Obama sought a diplomatic tone in response, saying the US would "welcome any additional information," and made clear he wanted it. Beyond the lingering anger, the case swirls anew with interest because of its possible links to BP, the British oil giant facing huge fallout in the United States for causing the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
"I think all of us here in the United States were surprised, disappointed and angry about the release of the Lockerbie bomber," Obama said in a short news conference dominated by the topic. Yet he added: "The key thing to understand here is that we've got a British prime minister who shares our anger over the decision. And so I'm fully supportive of Prime Minister Cameron's efforts to gain a better understanding of it."