Newspapers are reporting that the United States State Department under Hillary Clinton made the extraordinary decision to refuse assistance requested by the United Arab Emirates into the assassination of a top Hamas commander. Israel’s Mossad is widely viewed as responsible for the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhoh, which broke a host of international and domestic laws. The reports are based on Wikileaks documents and again suggests that the Administration misled the public in its position on the assassination.
The article below notes that the U.S. denied publicly that it had received a request for assistance from Dubai. The Obama Administration stands accused of not only refusing assistance but lying about the request.
The newspaper reports that senior U.A.E. officials asked the American ambassador and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to probe urgently “cardholder details and related information for credit cards reportedly issued by a U.S. bank to several suspects” in the murder. That is a critical piece of evidence that could have established links while the trail was hot in the investigation. It has long been doubted that the United States would assist in an investigation that would embarrass Israel.
If true, this is another dangerous example of politics trumping principle. What happens when we need information from UAE in a future case in pursuing, for example, an Iranian conspiracy. Countries may find themselves similarly ill-disposed to assist the United States.