US investigation into BAE Saudi arms deal watered down, leaked memo suggests

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Document seen by the Guardian suggests US law firm influenced investigation into £43bn deal between UK and Saudi Arabia

The outcome of a US criminal investigation into alleged bribery in a £43bn arms deal between Britain and Saudi Arabia was watered down following a secret lobbying campaign, according to a leaked document.

The confidential memo seen by the Guardian provides a rare insight into behind-the-scenes negotiations between an American law firm hired by a Saudi prince and the US Department of Justice (DoJ).

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