US embassy cable - 92STATE109428

WHITE PAPERS ON LIBYA POUCHED TO POST

Identifier: 92STATE109428
Wikileaks: View 92STATE109428 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Secretary of State
Created: 1992-04-08 00:16:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PTER PROP OPRC LY EI
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
O P 080016Z APR 92
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY DUBLIN IMMEDIATE
INFO AMEMBASSY BONN PRIORITY
AMEMBASSY ROME
AMEMBASSY VIENNA
USOFFICE BERLIN
USIA WASH DC 0776
C O N F I D E N T I A L STATE 109428 
 
 
E.O. 12356:  DECL: OADR 
TAGS:  PTER, PROP, OPRC, LY, EI 
SUBJECT:  WHITE PAPERS ON LIBYA POUCHED TO POST 
 
REF: DUBLIN 1811 
 
1.  CONFIDENTIAL, ENTIRE TEXT. 
 
2.  DEPARTMENT POUCHED TO POST APRIL 7 COPIES OF TWO 
UNCLASSIFIED DEPARTMENT WHITE PAPERS WHICH OFFER FURTHER 
INFORMATION ON LIBYAN COMPLICITY IN 1985 ROME AND VIENNA 
AIRPORT ATTACKS AND 1986 LABELLE BOMBING. 
 
3.  ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE IMPLICATING LIBYA IN THE LABELLE 
BOMBING HAS EMERGED IN THE CONTEXT OF INVESTIGATIONS 
INTO STASI FILES IN FORMER EAST GERMANY.  THE 
INVESTIGATION INTO THE BOMBING IS AN ONGOING LEGAL 
CASE.  NO SUSPECTS ARE CURRENTLY IN CUSTODY.  ONE 
INDIVIDUAL, THE ONLY SURVIVOR OF THE ROME AIRPORT 
ATTACK, IS CURRENTLY SERVING A LIFE SENTENCE IN ITALY. 
THE TWO SURVIVORS OF THE VIENNA AIRPORT ATTACK ARE 
SERVING LIFE SENTENCES IN AUSTRIA.  INFO ADDRESSEES MAY 
WISH TO ADD VIEWS OF LOCAL INTERIOR OR JUSTICE MINISTRY 
OFFICIALS. 
 
4.  WE AGREE WITH EMBASSY THAT IRISH TIMES STATEMENTS 
ARE DAMAGING AND SHOULD NOT BE LEFT UNCHALLENGED.  WE 
SUGGEST POST ADVISE PAPER IN WHATEVER MANNER POST DEEMS 
MOST APPROPRIATE THAT LIBYA WAS INDEED DIRECTLY 
RESPONSIBLE FOR THE 1986 LABELLE DISCO BOMBING IN 
BERLIN.  FURTHER EVIDENCE THAT HAS BECOME AVAILABLE IN 
THE FILES OF THE FORMER GDR'S SECURITY SERVICES FULLY 
CORROBORATES THE ORIGINAL ACCUSATION.  THE ABU NIDAL 
ORGANIZATION CARRIED OUT THE 1985 ROME AND VIENNA 
AIRPORT ATTACKS WITH VITAL MATERIAL ASSISTANCE FROM 
LIBYA.  IN NO WAY IS IT ACCURATE TO SAY THAT LIBYA HAS 
BEEN EXONERATED, BY GERMAN AND ITALIAN POLICE OR BY ANY 
COMPETENT AUTHORITY.   DEPARTMENT SUGGESTS POST QUERY 
THE NEWSPAPER ON SOURCES FOR THE ASSERTIONS DESCRIBED IN 
REFTEL.  BECAUSE LIBYAN COMPLICITY IN THESE ATTACKS IS 
CONSIDERED A GIVEN BY TREVI GROUP INTELLIGENCE AND LAW 
ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS GENERALLY, INCLUDING IRISH 
MEMBERS, WE SUSPECT LIBYA WILL PROVE THE SOURCE OF THE 
DISINFORMATION. 
 
BAKER 

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