Viewing cable 10ABUDHABI103, UAE REQUEST FOR USG ASSISTANCE IN INVESTIGATION OF KILLING
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|10ABUDHABI103||2010-02-24 10:10||2011-01-15 21:09||SECRET//NOFORN||Embassy Abu Dhabi|
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VZCZCXYZ0007 OO RUEHWEB DE RUEHAD #0103 0551051 ZNY SSSSS ZZH O 241051Z FEB 10 FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 0361 INFO RUEHDE/AMCONSUL DUBAI IMMEDIATE RUEHAD/AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
S E C R E T ABU DHABI 000103 NOFORN SIPDIS FOR NEA/ARP E.O. 12958: DECL: 2020/02/24 TAGS: PREL PINS CJAN AE SUBJECT: UAE REQUEST FOR USG ASSISTANCE IN INVESTIGATION OF KILLING OF MAHMOUD AL-MABHOUH CLASSIFIED BY: Doug Greene, DCM; REASON: 1.4(D) ¶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. END TEXT (Letter is accompanied by a chart with identifying data for alleged credit card users - scanned and emailed to NEA/ARP.) OLSON