As an update to my post "Something Else You Won't Hear In The Main Stream Media", the Australian has since reported that the Sunday Times of London has obtained correspondence showing the administration was not in fact surprised and raised no strong objections. Rather, through the U.S. Embassy in London, it expressed to Scottish officials a preference for compassionate release over jail time in Libya:
Richard LeBaron, deputy head of the U.S. Embassy in London, sent a letter on Aug. 12, a week before al-Megrahi's release, to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond saying that "if Scottish authorities come to the conclusion that Megrahi must be released from Scottish custody, the U.S. position is that conditional release on compassionate grounds would be a far preferable alternative to prisoner transfer, which we strongly oppose."
I repeat, this is as much of an outrage as B.P. who seems to have lobbied the government for Megrahi's release in order to win oil contracts from the Libyan government.