US refuses help for UAE in Hamas murder blamed on Israel: Wikileaks

The United States declined a request from the United Arab Emirates to assist an investigation into the assassination of a top Hamas commander.

US refuses help for UAE in Hamas murder blamed on Israel: Wikileaks

The United States declined a request from the United Arab Emirates to assist an investigation into the assassination of a top Hamas commander.

Dubai says Israel's Mossad agency was behind the murder of Mahmoud al-Mabhoh in a Dubai hotel in January 2010.

The U.S. last year denied reports that it had received a request for assistance from Dubai, but a recently released WikiLeaks cable proves otherwise.

A cable sent from the embassy in Dubai less than a month after the assassination reveals 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.

However, the credit card details uncovered by the Dubai police were linked to suspects using forged identity papers – none of their real identities has yet been revealed.

The United Arab Emirates also released details of the Hamas leader's assassination in Dubai nearly a year ago, after deciding silence would be seen as siding with Israel, U.S. cables released by WikiLeaks showed.

The assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in an hotel room -- which UAE police said was very likely the work of Israel's Mossad spy agency -- was carried out in January by a team using forged passports and disguises.

"The two options discussed were to say nothing at all, or to reveal more or less the full extent of the UAE's investigations," U.S. Ambassador Richard Olson wrote in a diplomatic cable, citing a conversation with a UAE government media adviser.

Saying nothing "would have been perceived as protecting the Israelis", the ambassador wrote. The cables released on the WikiLeaks website show the hit was discussed for nine days at the highest levels before being released to the public.

"The statement was carefully drafted not to point any fingers, but the reference ... to a gang with Western passports will be read locally as referring to the Mossad," Olson wrote.

The cables, written soon after the assassination, do not reveal the identities of the agents.

According to Dubai authorities, the team that tracked and killed Mabhouh used fraudulent British, Irish, French, German and Australian passports to enter and depart from Dubai.

More than half of the people identified as responsible for the killing share the names of foreign-born Israeli nationals.



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