|Looks Mossad to me|
Al Jazeera, 20 Feb 2013
Washington and Sofia agreed on a formulation that was remarkably weak in accusing Hezbollah but was enough for the US and Israel to use to push for listing Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation [AP]
When Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov made a public statement on February 5 that the government linked the July 18, 2012, terror bombing of an Israeli tourist bus to Hezbollah, it was a spectacular development with far-reaching political implications.
The chief prosecutor's revelations
Just how little evidence the Bulgarians had with which to make a case against Hezbollah was not clear until the chief prosecutor in charge of the investigation, Stanella Karadzhova, gave an interview to the Bulgarian newspaper 24 Hours on January 1.
Why the investigation was not extended
The initial two-month period planned for the investigation was extended by four months, according to Karadzhova. That period was due to expire on January 18.
The investigators themselves knew very well that they were not ready to render any judgment on who was responsible, and expected that the investigation would be extended. When asked what came next in the investigation, she told 24 Hours that there was "no obstacle to the deadline being extended repeatedly".
Bulgaria adopts the Hezbollah 'hypothesis'
Although Bulgarian officials denied that they were pressured by the Obama administration on the outcome of the investigation, it is clear that the wording of Bulgaria's report on the investigation was under negotiation with Washington in the second half of January. The Obama administration wanted wording that would leave no one in doubt that Hezbollah was guilty of the crime.
Israel blames Iran for Bulgaria bus bombing
A 'clear and unequivocal' conclusion?
Ignoring the Bulgarian signals that the finding was extremely tenuous at best, the Obama administration used it aggressively to increase the pressure on the EU to list Hezbollah as a terrorist group. A press statement by the new Secretary of State John Kerry declared the finding "clear and unequivocal" in assigning responsibility to Hezbollah. Kerry called on "our partners in Europe" to "take immediate action to crack down on Hezbollah".