An irked Wimal Weerawansa vehemently criticised Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and the government at a presser today, for failing to understand the risk the country’s intelligence apparatus was placed upon, due to live telecast of Parliamentary Select Committee probe into Easter Attacks, yesterday.
Calling the live telecast, the “Millennium City betrayal – part II’, he said it shows the lack of sense of the current government regarding security affairs. He added that not only did the proceedings shed light on the lackadaisical attitude with which the government had treated matters pertaining to national security , but the decision to publicize hearings despite possibility of highly sensitive information leaking, goes to show the level the government lacks sense, on defense related matters.
“At this level not just ISIS attacks, hereon I won’t be surprised even if we fell prey to alien attacks!,” he exclaimed.
Weerawansa said the decision made by SLPP and UPFA MPs to refrain from representing the party at the Committee was due to early understanding that the exercise was held with the sole aim of distracting from the no confidence motion brought against Minister Rishard Bathiudeen, as well as for the government to wash the blood off their hands.
“Their aim seems to be to blame the military and intelligence officers. But it is clear as day that the warnings were issued and it was the government that decided to turn a blind eye and display ignorance,” he added.
He said while they fully endorse fixing any issues that may need resolving within the defense and intelligence networks, the solution however is not to ‘stage reality shows using intelligence officers’.
“The Speaker should decide whether this is was a wise move, to live telecast the proceedings, if he has even an iota of a brain,” Weerawansa added.
The irked nationalist also accused the government of turning committee proceedings into a two-bit political circus, staged over the dead bodies of those who died from Easter attacks.
He called upon the public servants summoned before the Committee to turn down summons, unless a promise is made to turn off live telecast. “There is nothing the government can do, if you don’t turn up. So unless they call off the live telecast, don’t go,” he added.