February 6th, 2011

Al Megrahi Deal Smoking Gun
John McTernan’s Email Reveals Deal Terms

The SNP have always denied they did a deal with Downing Street to release Scotland’s worst mass murderer. Alex Salmond claimed only last December that “We weren’t interested in threats, we weren’t interested in blandishments, we were only interested in applying Scots justice and that’s what we did.” Only last week Salmond’s spokesman Kevin Pringle said claims of a deal are “complete and utter garbage without a shred or scintilla of truth.” Here is proof as to who is really lying:

Scot’s justice was bought and the Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill’s price was £100 million. The Labour government in Westminster brought forward legislation to get the SNP government in Scotland off the Somerville judgement hook in June 2009, two months later Megrahi was released. It was a sordid deal between Labour and the SNP at the behest of oil giant BP to get them off the hook with Libya. If you think it stinks, the smell is not just from the slopping out buckets.

Read the full story in the Mail on Sunday. More background here and here. Before anyone claims the above email is a forgery, Guido has already authenticated it.

See also: The Libyan Deal Makers Linked to Downing Street, BP Admits Straw Was Lobbied by Allen Over Deal for Megrahi, Three Months Later, Megrahi Lives, Labour’s Expensive Manifesto Club.


  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    This is going to get messy !!!

  2. 2
    Salty Dog says:

    Can I slop out McDoom’s bucket please!

  3. 3
    Down With Brown! says:

    Vote Labour and SNP for sordid deals that let terrorists off the hook.

  4. 4
    the beast of morningside says:

    Tony Blair is Scotlands most successful mass murderer

  5. 5
    Irene says:

    So what happens now?

  6. 6
    Ewan HoosArmee says:

    Let him clear his own sh1t up.

  7. 7
    Muscular Mac says:

    Scotland’s worst mass murderer? Or Libya’s worst mass murderer? Who does he belong to?

    Of course some say he isn’t a murderer at all, and was framed.

  8. 8
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I blame Mossad.

  9. 9
    Gordon Brown says:

    This is a disgusting slur on my good character! Where’s my Nokia?!

  10. 10
    Go now, twat says:

    So how long before Kenny boy resigns?

  11. 11
    Ho ho ho says:

    Very messy.

    I can’t decide who is more loathsome, Salmond and his plastic tartan goons or the stinking and corrupt cesspit that is Scottish Labour (and Labour in general).

    So a good piece of news for me then..

  12. 12
    Abdel Bassett Hound Al Mega Raheehee says:

    I’m still dying of cancer, don’t you know!

  13. 13
    Tee her hee says:

    Point is Lab/SNP have f****d up.

  14. 14
    Eb says:

    And let’s not forget that before the deal was done the son of Colonel Gaddafi met with Lord Mandelson at that villa (Rothschild’s) in Corfu.

  15. 15
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    whats this got to do with Lilly Allen?

  16. 16
    nell says:

    So now there is proof that a deal was done. What a surprise.

    And Jack Straw was right in the middle of it. Puts what he said to Chilcot last week back under the spotlight doesn’t it? It wasn’t, he said, the labour govt’s intention, with the launch of the Ir aq war to effect regime change. Another lie.

    Of course, all politicians, of all shades, lie . What has been so shocking about this last utterly corrupt labour govt is that they have taken habitual. barefaced lying to levels never seen before.

  17. 17
    Mike Litorus says:

    Ha, best laugh I’ve had so far today, It’s not the done things for politicians to resign these days, can’t claim expenses you see…

  18. 18
    ... says:

    I’d like to see all those who set him up prosecuted.
    He should get compensation.

  19. 19
    ... says:

    Megrahi was innocent, Dipwad.

  20. 20
    streamfisher says:

  21. 21
    Through deceit... says:

    And you’re probably right.

  22. 22

    Look..Labour are a pretty straight bunch of guys.
    The fact that more Lords were created under Labour than under all the previous administrations is nothing to do with £1 million quid a pop.
    Its just coincidence.

    And so is this… Labour were going to do whatever it is they did, regardless of deals with Salmond or BP or G-Daffy.. its all a coincidence.. like Labour peers filibustering on boundary changes. They are not halting the democratic process and getting rid of Labour’s inbuilt advantage. They are allowing the public to be represented.. Its just a coincidence it benefits Labour enourmously…
    Like all those meetings with Bush and then suddenly a war..just a coincidence..just a coincidence..

  23. 23
    The Labour Party, the party of child tax credits, we gave you child tax credits, be grateful you ungrateful proles! says:

    There was no deal! We are a party of honesty and integrity! We gave you child tax credits! Child tax credits! WE did! We gave you them! Just count how many times our greatest living prime minister mentions them in this interview, together with his beloved wife. He’s proud of giving you child tax credits! Be grateful!

  24. 24
    take a letter miss jones says:

    Eh? Do they still type letters in government, have they not heard of wordprocessing!?

  25. 25
    Anonymous says:

    Not according to Labour and the SNP, who I seem to recall have never said a word about it.

  26. 26
    Politicians = liars/thieves/traitors says:

    A public that has become inured to politicians’ lies will shrug their shoulders and ignore the story.

  27. 27
    Ratsniffer says:

    i wonder how many more skeletons are in the labour cupboards? My guess is that there are enough to play Bach’s symphony for the xylophone on their ribcages.

  28. 28
    McBogeyeater says:

    It was the right thing to do. Nurse, is it medicine time yet?

  29. 29
    capt apollo says:

    i see shit has hit the fan, the question begs now were will it land? cue spin by Campbell mandy etc. on the news over the next few days.

  30. 30
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Are the msm running with this ?

  31. 31
    Gordon Brown says:

    Today I will be Al Megrahi.

  32. 32
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    david kelly ?

  33. 33
    BIG FAT LIARS says:

    They created a very basic ideoligical lie with the electorate too.
    Which would explain their paranoia about electoral deafeat (postal vote rigging, boundry gerrymandering etc.), knowing that they would eventually be found out.
    New Labour never admitted to a Multiculturalist agenda of flooding this country with people to vote Labour. They have never admitted to bankrupting the country with a vast public sector and welfare state, because they are more likely to vote Labour.
    Labour wanted to pursue a very destructive modern socialist agenda but pretended they had changed and used their media friends to lie for them. They alwasy knew that they would be found out in the long run.

  34. 34
    Mark Oaten says:

    Did someone say messy?

  35. 35
    The Daily Telegraph School of Editing says:

    When reproducing emails in a story, make them look more important and edgy by selecting all the text and changing the font to ‘typewriter gothic’.

  36. 36
    streamfisher says:

    Skeleton in the cupboard / closet, Exploratorium

  37. 37
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    If he was framed, surely he was rewarded handsomely for his time in chokee?

  38. 38
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Nah. They have plenty of friendly printers, should the need arise.

  39. 39
    Rat's arse says:

    Too true, and the brain dead b@stards will still vote Labour and SNP. Is it something in the air up the north east and scotland that makes them so stupid?

  40. 40
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Funny how Campbell, Mandy et al have all been inconspicuous of late.

  41. 41
    Rat's arse says:

    True, but the brain dead masses of the north east and scotland will still vote for them.

  42. 42
    Rat's arse says:

    Spot on Bill.

  43. 43
    streamfisher says:

    Stick with Les Miserables.

  44. 44
    Mornington Crescent says:

    You only need to look at the number of comments on the Mail’s article: at the time of writing (4.20pm): zero. Yup, a big fat zero.

    Sure, it’s a bit complex for the Mail’s readership (well, ahem, most of them…) but still…

    There’s an interesting article about Guido’s current tormentor, though:


  45. 45
    Why North of Watford Votes Labour says:

    Vote Labour for free money! Yes, Northern England and Scotland! Vote Labour and we will bash the rich in southern England and give you their money! Never do a day’s work again, folks! They have limitless quantities of dosh in southern England, and we’ll give it all to youuuuuu!

  46. 46
    T.B£iar - the People's Messiah says:

    Crikey, can you keep the noise down !!

  47. 47
    Mark Oaten says:

    Who’d like to see MY smoking gun?

  48. 48
    Ed Balls says:

    Do you still love me windowlickers?

  49. 49
    W.A.S.P. says:

    That´s what happens when the Scottish connection tries to rule the world

  50. 50
    smoggie says:

    They didn’t release him because they thought he was innocent.

  51. 51
    Mike Litorus says:

    Is it worse than the slurs on your Y-fronts?

  52. 52
    I smell a rat says:

    There are darker forces at work here. This is part of a smear campaign that Guido & co. are falling for hook line & sinker. Do you seriously think this would not have come out long before now given all the scrutiny, (in Scotland, the UK and USA)!!!

  53. 53
    Gordon Brown says:

    Today i will be God.

  54. 54
    Joss Ayinglike says:

    No, Gordon. Today you will be Goddam awful, just like you have been every day since May 1997.

  55. 55
    Mike Litorus says:

    I think you meant to say Greatest Lying Prime Minister. “No more boom and bust” indeed…

  56. 56
    That BBC coverage in full says:

  57. 57
    Hugh ffishingly-Whittlingstool says:

    If you think that I’m going to sit through over thirteen minutes of that bigoted, bankȓupting idiot, you’ve as much sense as he has.

  58. 58
    Mike Litorus says:

    Bugger off, I’ve had enough of your shit eating grin all over the TV…

  59. 59
    Lil Olmey says:

    Since he was born, you mean.

  60. 60
    Where are Tony Blair's Expenses says:

    No they vote liebour and SNP so that they can keep getting their hands on English tax payer’s money.

  61. 61
  62. 62

    They haven’t so much time now they’ve got real jobs working for the banks

  63. 63
    Postcard from Al Megrahi says:

    Hello Scottyland, Please send me recipe for mince and tatties. I speet on your haggis.
    Al Megrahi
    PS. I did not do it. Me not the man who did it. He go free as the wind.

  64. 64
    No wonder the English get arse fucked at every turn says:

    Nah it can’t be anything to do with Mandleslime as hes English and according to the bedwetting fucktards on here it’s only the Scots who are the bad guys.

  65. 65
    Brown mess says:

    Nursey usually helps him.

  66. 66
    La la la says:

    Innocent or not Labour and the SNP are in the poo..dipwad.

  67. 67
    BOB CROW says:


  68. 68
    A search of BBC News for "libya and snp" says:

    19:39: 0 results.

  69. 69
    Have another look!!! says:


    McTernan’s email is dated 9th November 2007. Megrahi’s illness wasn’t diagnosed until well into 2008.

    The email is referring to a different issue.

    Did anyone bother to read up on this, including Guido???

  70. 70
    Suzie says:

    “diagnosed” ?

  71. 71
    Gorged Banker says:

    There is no such thing as Free Money. I work damned hard to earn my half billion bonus. That’s why my body is out of shape, my wife is unsatisfied, and I spend my nights drug fuelled to stay awake for the Asian markets. Your average Cockney, your white Van Man, and your Northerner just isn’t up to it and that’s why I deserve what I get. The low life depend on me to keep their pension funds afloat, and to regulate the oil and wheat markets and iron out any spikes by hedging the bets and securing the securities offshore. No-one with a lesser intelligence could understand the maths. This country would sink below the waves if it wasn’t for the city.

  72. 72
    robbie says:

    Complete pile of pooh

  73. 73
    Anonymous says:

    Oh dear Ewan,you must not split infinitives.

  74. 74
    Muscular Mac says:

    You and your colleagues are responsible for the mess we now find ourselves in. You work yourself silly and yet ruin the economy. How does that make you feel?

  75. 75
    Anonymous says:

    Yes,but not in the head!

  76. 76
    Anonymous says:

    Being caught out for telling a lie or making a GAFU is not sufficient reason for a politician to resign.

  77. 77
    Predictable Labour diversion operation swings into action says:

    Look over there…

  78. 78
    Douglas Haig says:

    I did my bit.

    Walk, don’t run, towards the guns. They’ll run out of ammunition eventually.

    There are as many statues of me erected by a grateful nation as there are of Bomber Harris.

  79. 79
    Predictable Labour diversion operation swings into action says:

    That’s right. 20bn to bail out the banks. Look at that one-off 20bn and not the annual 170bn deficit.

  80. 80
    Predictable Labour diversion operation swings into action says:

    No. You can’t mention Mandelson. You must talk about Osborne on a yacht.

  81. 81
    jgm2 says:

    Bogus diagnosis. Or entirely fortuitous real diagnosis (for Labour/SNP rather than Al Megrahi) allowing them to cut the guy loose without admitting it was all a set-up. On compassionate grounds you understand.

  82. 82
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    I hope you’re not expecting any of the drones on here to be able to engage with that. These ‘libertarians’ always believe The Man is right.

  83. 83
    Postlethwaite says:

    Wikileaks strikes again.

    Wonder why Guido treats them the way he does

    No proper attribution then?

  84. 84
    Postlethwaite says:

    Salmon is not labour.
    He is far left of labour.
    And if it rains in scotland, it is the fault of the English parliament.

  85. 85
    Postlethwaite says:


  86. 86
    Misterned says:

    If this is real and damaging to labour, then the BBC will bury it.

  87. 87
    ssdb says:

    smoking gun… what bollocks.

    Major deal with huge international implications, settled over a fricken slop bucket? And gun devolution?

    And still clinging to that BS vanity fair guff.

    Deary me…

  88. 88
    jrmacclure says:

    Except that it plainly says there WAS no deal. The Scots did not get firearms devolution or movement on Somerville. That could have nothing to do with al-Megrahi’s release since it did NOT happen.

    There WAS no deal. Your smear is dead in the water.

  89. 89
    jrmacclure says:

    No, my dear, they just want to rule SCOTLAND. Unreasonable of them, isn’t it? Imagine the twee Scots thinking they have the right to run their own country. *boggle*

  90. 90
    jgm2 says:

    So they weren’t looking for a deal then? Because it sure looks like they were looking for a deal.

  91. 91
    Anonymous says:

    This is rubbish – there was no deal. Megrahi was not released under PTA, which this email concerns. The Scottish government rejected PTA because Blair had done deals for oil. It is also worth remembering that John McTernan has his own agenda, much of which concerns smearing the SNP.

  92. 92
    Joan says:

    This is an attempt to smear the SNP by former Blairite advisers to distract attention from the Labour UK government’s own role in lobbying for Megrahi’s release. I am surprised Guido has fallen for it. It is as clear as day that these emails have been leaked by the Labour advisers named in them. Their motivation is obvious. It has become apparent in recent weeks the extent to which the former Labour government was lobbying for Megrahi’s release for business purposes. Yet in public the Labour party, especially in Scotland, made a big show of condemning the SNP decision to free him on compassionate grounds. The Scottish public is finally beginning to twig how hypocritical Labour have been, months before a Scottish election. This leak is a desperate attempt by Labour’s chief propagandists in Scotland to further muddy the waters – hoping readers will be confused by the detail/timescale. The fact is that this email concerns the Prisoner Transfer Agreement which the Salmond very publicly rejected in 2007 because Blair had linked it to oil deals. Megrahi was eventually released on compassionate grounds, after doctors and the prison authorities advised MacAskill it was appropriate because he was dying. Therefore any interpretation of what MacAskill did or did not say in 2007 has no bearing on what eventually happened. Also John McTernan’s third hand account of what MacAskill did or did not say cannot be treated at face value, such is his loathing for the nationalists. Tom Greatrex also has form when it comes to clumsy leaks designed to smear the nationalists. The SNP government has stuck to the rules throughout. they have been prevented from publishing all the papers relating to Megrahi because UK officials refuse permission. Maybe it’s time for a few leaks from the other side. Then we will see the truth – that Labour are double dealing hypocrites.

  93. 93
    Jimmy says:

    This story is full of utter shite.
    Jack Mconnell was given money to end slopping out and he fuckin spent it elsewhere long before the SNP came to power.
    This is just a feed of shite by the low life unionists who are shit scared of Scotland fuckin off out of this cess pit of a london controlled corrupt union and leaving the theiving bastards in westmidden destitute.

    England is nothing without Scotland and the poxed ridden bastards in westmidden know it.

  94. 94
    Rowley Birkin QC says:

    Get me a slop bucket

    I need to throw up in it

  95. 95
    Teri says:

    The email may be authentic, Guido, in that McTernan produced it, but I’d like to know exactly when it was typed, rather than the date that is shown on it.

    It’s well seen there’s an election coming up at Holyrood and Labour’s Scottish branch desperately want to win it. They’ll go to any lengths to deflect from themselves and lay the blame at the present government in an effort to depose them. They need not worry. The Labour voters in Scotland dont even know who Megrahi is. Sensible people will make their own informed choices.

    I think you need to dig a little deeper on John McTernan himself.

  96. 96
    Anna Tolia says:

    Do you actually know what an infinitive is? Thought not.

  97. 97
    why would Labour spinners try to smear before the scottish election ? says:

    according to a Blair Labour spinners email

  98. 98
    annnnoyperson says:

    The message for Scotland is: Don’t vote Labour, be careful if you vote SNP. But DO NOT vote Labour!

  99. 99
    Anonymous says:

    What a surprise – Joan McAlpine and the other SNP internet trolls jump straight on to this when they get their email from Edinburgh HQ with their usual desperate attempts to muddy the waters.

    What they don’t want to admit is while they released a convicted murderer on compassionate grounds with three months to live nearly two years ago, before he was diagnosed they were trying to get a deal.

    As for trying to smear others, they should be very careful.

  100. 100
    jgm2 says:

    Yes indeedy. A lot of chippy Little Scotlanders about suddenly.

  101. 101
    JamesII says:

    How can you believe anything McTernan says? He is a labourite.

    I used to be a fan of Guido’s. He usually gets to the bottom of things, but now he is just taking his info straight from the Labour press. Guido you are losing your grip as a champion of truth and honesty.

  102. 102
    JamesII says:

    Agree with all you say and why were some papers held back by Gus O’Donnell?

  103. 103
    You're Lying says:

    I expect Guido will want to retract this pile of Labour propaganda spin now that Jack Straw’s letter to Kenny MacAskill of 19/12/2007 is in the public domain. To quote –

    “You also asked me on 2 November about two separate matters – one on firearms and the other on Somerville” [Somerville refers to the slopping out HRA case]

    Note – “Separate”

  104. 104
    Anonymous says:

    Read this:


    It makes it clear that firearms & Somerville were discussed as seperate issues

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