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WikiLeaks: U.S. did not help Dubai assassination investigation

December 28, 2010 | 9:42 am

The United States has reportedly declined a request by the United Arab Emirates to help investigate the assassination of a Hamas leader in a Dubai hotel room.

Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was assassinated in the hotel room in January. Some 33 people are accused by Dubai police of being part of the assassination, which has been blamed on Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency. The alleged assassins reportedly used forged passports from Britain, Ireland, Australia, France and Germany to enter and leave Dubai. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied its involvement in Mabhouh’s death.

In two diplomatic cables released Tuesday by WikiLeaks, UAE officials asked the U.S. ambassador to the country for details on credit cards issued by American banks to the Mossad operatives suspected of involvement in the assassination. Three credit card numbers are included in the cables, according to reports.

The cables also asked that the United States call on the federal bank to collect information on laundered money and suspicious transactions made with the credit cards, which they believe were used by the alleged assassins.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said recently that more documents related to the Mabhouh assassination would be released.

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