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October 09, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Leaked e-mail stirs more trouble for Trump in Scotland

Posted at 12:17 PM by Mark Dee | Categories: Donald Trump, Scotland, Truth & Rumors

The complicated, controversial genesis of Trump International Golf Links remains a hot-button political issue in Scotland. That's not going away.

But, while the back-room stuff still isn't entirely clear, the nature of the relationship between Trump and Alex Salmond, Scotland's first minister, may be coming into focus, one leaked e-mail at a time.

A report published by Magnus Gardham of the Herald Scotland says that, in the months after Salmond's government approved Trump's £1 billion project, the first minister asked Trump to support the government's much-criticized decision to release the Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi.

Trump reportedly refused, and the exchanged stayed hushed for the better part of three years.

Now, with Trump battling the Salmond government to call off plans for a wind farm off the coast from his course, the e-mails have been leaked. Gardham, the story's author, does not mention the source of the leak.

Until a final decision on the wind farm is reached, Trump has reportedly suspended construction on the five-star hotel and luxury vacation homes he initially intended to build on the site.

The first 18, though, opened earlier this year to much celebration, and immediate praise from the golfing press. The political machinations that led to its construction, however, are still the source of much debate among activists and the Scottish press.

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