Monday, December 27, 2010

"Not to my knowledge..."

February 25, 2010
QUESTION: Have the Dubai authorities, or the European partners, allies, asked the United States for help in the investigation into 
MR. CROWLEY: Not to my knowledge.

S E C R E T ABU DHABI 000103

E.O. 12958: DECL: 2020/02/24

1. (C/NF) On the margins of a meeting with visiting Secretary Chu, on Feb 24 MFA Minister of State Gargash made a formal request to the Ambassador for assistance in providing cardholder details and related information for credit cards reportedly issued by a U.S. bank to several suspects in last month's killing of Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh in Dubai. According to a letter Gargash gave the Ambassador (which transmitted details of the request from Dubai Security authorities to the UAE Central Bank), the credit cards were issued by MetaBank, in Iowa. Embassy LEGATT is transmitting the request and
associated details to FBI HQ. Gargash asked that Embassy pass any reply to the director of the General Directorate of State Security (GDSS) in Dubai.

2. (S/NF) Comment: Ambassador requests expeditious handling of and reply to the UAEG request, which was also raised by UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed in a February 23 meeting with Secretary Clinton in Washington.

3. (C/NF) Text of letter from GDSS to the Governor of the UAE Central Bank:
Excellency Sultan Al-Suwiadi

UAE Central Bank Governor
Subject: Credit Cards

MC 5115-2600-1600-6190
MC 5115-2600-1600-5317
MC 5301-3800-3201-7106

General Management of The State Security offers greetings, and asks your Excellency to direct the money laundry and suspicious transactions unit at the Central Bank to urgently obtain details of the above credit cards, in addition to details for purchases, accounts, and payments on those cards, as the users of those cards were involved in the murder of Mahmoud Mabhouh. Those cards were issued by META BANK in the state of Iowa, USA.

Thank you for your kind cooperation.

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