30 October, 2020

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Journalist Flees Sri Lanka Media Crackdown, Seeks Safety In U.S.

By Sarah Stuteville –

Sarah Stuteville

Frederica Jansz worked for decades as a journalist in Sri Lanka — a country Reporters Without Borders ranked among the worst for press freedoms. After 25 years of taking on powerful people, Jansz is seeking asylum in the United States and making her home in the Pacific Northwest.

Frederica Jansz is used to making people mad. She worked for decades as a journalist in Sri Lanka — a country ranked among the worst for press freedoms by Reporters Without Borders.

As a young journalist she interviewed key leaders from the militant separatist group the Tamil Tigers. At the end of the Sri Lankan civil war she wrote an article about the defense secretary suggesting he shared a similar psychological profile to that of the leader of the Tigers (a sworn enemy).

But after 25 years of pursuing tough stories and taking on powerful people, Jansz is seeking asylum in the United States and making her home in the Pacific Northwest.

In the winter of 2010, Jansz was editor and chief of The Sunday Leader, a paper on the verge of ruin. The Leader, long known for its stance against the Sri Lankan ruling party, was engaged in multiple lawsuits brought on by outraged officials and bankruptcy loomed.

Presidential elections were on the horizon when Jansz interviewed the opposition candidate — a former army commander in the Sri Lankan army. She asked the commander about a rumor — that the army had shot a group of Tamil Tiger rebel leaders as they attempted to surrender at the end of the war.

The general told Jansz that the rumors were true, and that other officials (specifically ones currently in the ruling party) had ordered the killings without his knowledge.

“When he told me this, I knew this was my page-one story,” says Jansz. She also knew she was dooming her already beleaguered paper to more attacks.

Over the years, The Leader’s presses had been burned down and its reporters subjected to numerous death threats. The former editor and chief (Jansz’s predecessor) was gunned down in 2009 as he drove to work, a murder that remains unsolved.

The government used the story to paint the former general as a traitor and terrorist sympathizer — he was publicly shamed and lost the election.

As a result, The Leader — and Jansz — had made an enemy out of both the government and the opposition, an impossible position in a climate where independent can mean unprotected.

Jansz didn’t stop there.

A year ago — in the midst of mounting lawsuits — Jansz learned that Sri Lanka’s defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa (the very same guy she’d already ticked off with that profile comparing him to a Tamil Tiger) was planning to commandeer a Sri Lankan Airlines flight in order to fly a puppy to his wife in Switzerland.

When Rajapaksa was asked to comment he “went berserk,” shouting a string of threats and curses.

Jansz put the call on speakerphone just in time for her and all of her colleagues to hear him say:

“If you and I were at the same function together and I were to point you out … 90 percent of people there would want to see you dead.”

After the story ran, Jansz was followed by motorbikes, received death threats and in September was fired from The Leader. According to Jansz, a pro-government businessman bought the paper in an attempt to control it.

She knew she had to get out. She had a U.S. visa and left, arriving in Seattle with her two sons this past October.

The three have applied for asylum and in the meantime are trying to start a new life in Puyallup, amid the mountain views of south Puget Sound.

Jansz says she doesn’t think her future includes journalism — her family has paid too high a price for her profession.

In fact, she’s happy to announce that she’ll begin a new job working as an assistant for an interior designer next week.

But her passion for her past profession is still close to the surface.

“I had a story and I would say it the way I felt it had to be said,” she says, recalling a fight with her publisher at The Leader. “I told him the day I have to [change] that is the day I leave the profession.”

And she’s kept her promise.

*Sarah Stuteville is a multimedia journalist and co-founder of The Seattle Globalist, www.seattleglobalist.com, a blog covering Seattle’s international connections. Sarah Stuteville: sarah@seattleglobalist.com. Twitter: @SeaStute . Courtesy The Seattle Times

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    Will Janz write on her asylum application that while was in charge of Sunday Leader, UNP donated Rs. 10,000,000 weekly? Hope Janz enjoys the shopping in USA, budget will be sky high!

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      *while she

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    Any country in the modern world that creates the conditions for journalists to flee for their life, leaving behind their
    families and assets, can no longer be considered free or democratic. Frederica, with a husband and school-going children, is one of many who had to reluctantly take this step. In the circumstances, she might consider herself lucky. At least she is alive and in one piece. She escaped the fate that befell Lasantha.

    Yet the regime continues to plead innocence.

    Senguttuvan

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      [Edited out]

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        Thanks CT, I believe that may have been another RACIST remark!

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      @Sengutta-Van… You have no idea what you are writing from Canada.
      [Edited out] LOL..

      You all will be surprised who that was. LMAO.

      She did not leave her two children, and by this trick of political asylum in America, which clearly is fraudulent, her two sons and herself are guaranteed US Citizenship short-cutting the process, and become Americans. How many better citizenship there are in this world?

      The Australians who had better intelligence on the ground totally rejected her application for PA. US embassy too would have done the same but instead she flew into the USA on another Visa, with the help of …………………………………………..
      and then applied for her PA.

      The same process Ali Zaheer Moulana did…..

      What a travesty of American Justice.

      FJ lied for 2 years about the SF interview, and her court testimony was also LIES. SF’s attorney Laduwahetty obtained a judgement against her for 10 million rupees.

      She received over[Edited out] in commissions and compensation from Lal W and Asanga Senewiratne, for brokering the deal from day one Lasantha died, according to her own words. Both the Wives of Lasantha got Jack shit. lol.

      There is much more….. But Lasantha never worked or got paid by RAW.
      LMAO….

      Donald Gnanakone
      Tamils For Justice.
      USA…

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      Like Edward Snowden

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    It is sad that those journalists who dared to speak out, criticize, and hold the Rajapaksa’s responsible for the crimes and corruption raging in this country, have to fear for their lives, flee for their lives , get intimidated, threatened, attacked, and killed. There is no democracy, nor the freedom to write freely, because journalists who have done so have been made examples of, by being taken away by white vans, disappearing, physically attacked, or murdered. To this day the criminals responsible have NOT been found and held accountable.
    Fredrica Jansz was demonized, threatened, and was made into a journalist who was unpatriotic.
    Good luck to her and her family, she should be thankful she was able to save her life by fleeing the country.

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    Two pieces of Information Contradicting Each Other.

    The Truth is blowing in the wind… the answer is blowing in the wind.

    1. The British After World War 1, Promised Palestine to Both Jews and Arabs, and got the Arabs to Fight the Turks.

    2. The British After World War 1, ALSO Promised Arabia to Both the Saud Family and the Hashimite Family (Current Jordanian Dynasty)

    3. Defense Minister Daily Mirror Interview ….

    Q: But do you deplore this form or any other form of extremism?

    Of course I do. That’s the main teaching of the Buddha “the Middle Path”. Any form of extremism is bad and that is the teaching of the Buddha and I deplore any form of extremist adherences.

    Q: But then there are reports that these groups work under your patronage?

    Again this is how politicians take gains from such issues. When people want to sling mud this is what they do. It is true that I got involved when these things happened and because of my involvement, I managed to solve a lot of problems. Not only the Bodu Bala Sena, I discussed things with the Muslim groups and I still do. I invited the Jamiyathul Ulama just like I did with the Bodu Bala Sena. I brought these two groups together and discussed their issues.

    These discussion mediated by me helped to solve a lot of problems and bringcalm the raging tensions. My involvement helped to bring this situation down and to bring some sense of calmness- if not I don’t know where these things would have led up to.

    I got involved because I saw this as a threat to the national security and stability of this country. We went through this for 30 years and we brought peace into this country and I don’t want to see an opening for any conflict of this sort. That was my main concern and that was why I got involved and spoke to all these groups and mediated in order to bring about a solution.

    But the Politicians who want to bring discredit to me label me with Bodu Bala Sena and various groups. I did not create the Bodu Bala Sena, it was a creation as a reaction to what was happening. Of course I knew these priests. Ven. Kirama Wimalajothi is a well- known priest and not only to me, the President also knows him very well, Minister Dinesh Gunwardena, and even the opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe knows him too together with other parliamentarians.

    One of the other young priests in the organisation was also living in a temple close to Los Angeles where I lived when I was in the United States. Obviously the priest was involved in many Buddhist functions which I organized. Knowing people does not mean that one should be associated with their ideologies. I can’t be involved with any such organisation because I am a government official. I can’t be a member of any group. However, associating with people does not mean that I belong to that group.

    I associate with many individuals, I very often meet the Cardinal of this country, I know many Bishops and in fact I addressed the Bishops’ conference at one point to solve certain issues.

    That doesn’t mean that I’m involved with them. I meet many renowned priests and others to solve certain issues as the Secretary of Defence. These are not terrorist organisations and it is very wrong to label me due to this. I am a Sinhalese Buddhist and I have the right to associate any priest and visit any temple.

    Q: But the main allegation is that the law did not work when there were incidents of violence allegedly propagated by these groups?

    No that is wrong. Because of me a lot of things were prevented. I’m not defending the Bodu Bala Sena but most of these things were not done by them; it was rather because of local tensions within these areas.

    In all these cases we reacted, in Dambulla it was solved because of Police intervention. Similarly in Dehiwala, Ampara and Balangoda I intervened. In Pepiliyana I spent the whole night trying to solve this issue and nobody else did this. Of course it’s my duty but I went out of my way and beyond the call of my duty to solve these issues.

    Also you should not generalise these things. In a society there are different people with different ideas. There are people who think in a different way but this should never be generalised to reflect the view of an entire community.

    When something happens on the part of the majority community people tend to generalise it as to reflect the entire view of the community within that incident, but the reverse does not happen. This is wrong. One should look at the full picture, the entire situation before coming to such judgments.

    Q: Would you give that guarantee that there would never be a start in violence against any group?

    Yes I would. Security and stability are our main priorities; we all need to preserve that. The President is open to discuss and speak to everybody and that is done to maintain this stability.

    Of course in a democratic country people think differently. We can’t expect everybody to think in the same way. But nobody should generalise and make it to be a commonality. It is not so.

    Anything could be discussed now and solved. It can be a member of the TNA, UNP, SLFP or SLMC -they could all discuss and solve any issues that prevail because there is no terrorism in this country. We can sit and solve any problem that exists. It is useless for Muslim leaders to go and discuss this with some other country, they live in this country and they are all Sri Lankans so we have to discuss these issues and find solutions among us.

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      CORRECTION:

      1. The British DURING AND After World War 1, Promised Palestine to Both Jews and Arabs, and got the Arabs to Fight the Turks, the Ottoman Empire.

      2. The British DURING AND After World War 1, ALSO Promised Arabia to Both the Saud Family and the Hashimite Family (Current Jordanian Dynasty)to Fight the Turks, the Ottoman Empire.

      Then they divided the Middle East between the British and the French.

      This was called imperialism.

      The World was being Divided between Imperialists.

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        Arapung siri:
        Since you are on very good terms with that other robed pandankaraya of this bunch of killers, can you tell us when he is going to put your name up for beatification, considering your saintly conduct?
        Do humbugs like you have no sense of shame whatsoever?

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          Aney Appuchi,

          “Arinna Deyak Ne” “Atta Thittai”

          The truth is bitter.

          You missed the point. Exposing lies.

          1. Not in Good Terms with any Myth Holders.

          2. Not in Good terms With any Liars,

          3. Only in good terms with those who seek and speak the Truth.

          4. Liars lies are brought forth so that it can be exposed. That is the point of the British in Middle East and what the Post.

          5. You missed the underlying message of the comment.

          6. Monk Mahanama Myths, Lion Myths, Papal Myths, Wahhabi Myths, are all Myths, and unless you know what the Myth is, cannot sort out the truth from the Myth.

          Example: Sun goes around the Earth: An Illusion, a Myth, believed by 22% of Americans according to a National Science Foundation Study.

          Example: Earth goes around the Sun: A Truth, believed by 78% of Americans according to a National Science Foundation Study.

          How many believe in the Monk Mahanama Myth that Vijaya’s grandfather was a Lion? 50%, 80%?

          Look at the flag, there is a Myth Lion there.

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            Amarasiri is a Jihadi

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              you may kill one Jihadi… many will be born… a similar statement was uttered by Uma Maheswaran, while he was killed INSIDE the jail in Borella….

              BBS is the reason for more Jihadis to be born.. sooner than later we are going to see a blood bath… BUT Muslim leaders are way too smart to fall for the antics of the gota led BBS… They thought the halal issue will trigger a war, so that the Govt of SL may go to the WESTERN countries and say…” Oh we have Terrorist.. yes Islamic Terrorists in SL…..” come get em…Uncle Sam…. didnt happen.. BUT remember a Yo-Yo will come back at u twice as fast … be ready to run…

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    So, secretary defense points at somebody he doesn’t like and 9 out of 10 Sri Lankans are prepared to jump and kill that person? nice! I guess Barbarians had better legal systems?

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      Thrishantha,

      The original meaning of Barbarian was somebody who did nor speak Greek, and muttered Bbbaaabbaraianaaa.

      Since hardly any Sri Lankans speak Greek, most must be Barbarians.

      Lets hope some of these Sri Lankan Barbarians have Barbarian Ethics as opposed to Monk Mahanama Racist Ethics.

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    This is setup by herself. Refugee application fixing…

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    well if she doesnt have a job and someone has played her out of USD30,000 it goes to show

    a) she is now of no use to the West unless she contributes more lies to be looked after

    b) how did she come across so much of money?

    c) obviously this is the fate of most journalists – u r made use of and discarded… good message for all the riff raffs thinking they are Gods soldiers to lie about Sri Lanka just to fill their purses.. shameless our jounalists are

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    Now that Frederica Janz has arrived in the land that boasts of freedom of the press, she will have the opportunity to inform the public of alleged unethical practices of the govt.; such as bugging,wmd scenarios leading to mass murder in Iraq, Afghanistan and cover ups of war crimes committed in Vietnam. Will she have multiple job offers from NY Times, Washington Post,Time Magazine to uncover suspected sinister plots hatched by Ben Bernake, Obama, the CIA and Dirty Tricks departments? I doubt it. True, hit men on motor bikes are a bad lot; certainly not as sophisticated and cool, as those who operate the Drones yet, they do not eliminate an entire village, rather a specific target. My view of The Sunday Leader, who employed Frederica is a version based on antics of now defunct News of the World, “sensanalist”, rarely news worthy. As such,some of their journos with their expertise may find employment as gossip columnists, and no more.

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      well said .Let us see her exposing the wrong doings of the USA.!

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        why should she expose the wrongdoings in the USA?we all love our mother country and are sick of seeing it go into the dust especially when seeing the high standards in our adopted countries into which we had to go because we had no other choice because the fucking politicians messed up our mother country so much.

        Frederika jansz was exposing the wrongdoings in srilanka because she was born there,grew up there and lived there for most of her life.Now like all of us she has started on that journey outside.why should she be concerned about what is happening in the US.People who say she has to start exposing wrongdoings in the US because she exposed the same in srilanka are judging her by their own standards of loyalty to their motherland.These are the people who will change colours like the chameleon in a change of environment and don’t understand love of ones country.

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          @Shanker

          Lovely reply. So true.

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            I thought she is a journalist . why would she confine her comments to SL where she was born . How many foreign journalists not born in SL write against SL ??? ie Callum Macre in Ch 4 fame

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              The point is FJ is not a good jouno as she is made out to be by Sarah Stuteville, a hitherto unknown journo. If FJ is a brave, talented investigative journo as made out to be, by now she would have been employed by one of many reputed newspapers in the US. I doubt any such newspaper has offered employment or will offer in the future in investigative jounalism to FJ. Also, I don’t think the SL government or the Defence Secretary regarded FJ as a threat, but there is the likelyhood of her being viewed a nuisance. However, FJ has the right to choose where she wishes to live, and I wish her well.

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          Thank you for saying that. Very few people stand up for what is right and what is good. Many even do not know what is true and what is false when they hurl invective.

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          shankar,
          On the basis of your analysis, tell us, what is this British born Kath Noble digging into doings in Sri Lanka.

          If Frederika is honest to herself she should read her civil and more particularly about her journalist rights in the US constitution and start doing some investigative journalism as she did when she was here. She should dig into wrong doings by the Obama Administration like a good US citizen like Snowden. I bet she will do nothing of the sort but end up as a CIA agent on Sri Lanka.

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            I don’t want to waste my time over and over again about the difference in doing a job just for the money and doing a job for the love of the country and seeing a difference being made to it due to your work. Frederica will not have a passion to pull out all the dirty laundry in the US because she would not have a love for the country.If she get a job as a journalist there she would just work for the money,see that she keeps the boss happy with the minimum required of her so that she does not lose her job.She won’t stick her neck out like what she did for Srilanka.What for,the US is just another country for her.Maybe her attitude might change after living about 20 years there and she might try to give back something for the country that gave her refuge and did so much for her family,but expecting her to go about passionately working for the US like in Srilanka as soon as she sets foot there is comments made by a type of people who either are retards or have a screw loose and better have the bottle of pills handy nearby in case they may go off the rails.

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    The Zionists led America meddle in all countries. Similarly they have done the same here in Sri Lanka. On the one hand they help the Rajapaksas to ride on power committing all the villainy denying Democracy in the country. On the other hand they provide asylum to those persecuted by the Corrupt murderous regime as done to FJ. They also provide protection and shield War Criminals as Shavendra Silva. The Americans play the role of Judge, Jury and God all in one.

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      Do you think doings by the poodle of the Americans and their M16 are any better? I think Brits do the most Knieving things in the world. How dare you accuse Shavendra as a war criminal? Unlike British invaders in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere Shavendra has done his duty to his motherland to rid one of the most pathetic terrorist in our history. I just cannot understand the mentality of guys like you, I mean traitors who happily defend any bugger who wash the ass of the British.

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    I had already spotted this item and have written to Sarah. She has not yet responded.

    “This is old news and does not tell the full story about Jansz. Sri Lankan politics and journalism are somewhat more complex than you might think. Jansz was highly unpopular not just with politicians but with fellow journalists. Other journalists did not like her because she treated them with contempt, constantly blackguarding other members of the Editors’ Guild in print and behaving as if she was the only journalist in Sri Lanka doing the job properly.

    Although she has traded on Lasantha’s reputation and martyrdom, she left the Sunday Leader while he was editor and did not return until after his death.

    See:

    http://pcolman.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/death-of-an-editor/

    Here is a relevant extract:

    ‘Fonseka and the Sunday Leader

    On President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 66th birthday, November 18 2011, former Army commander Sarath Fonseka was sentenced to three years in prison in what has become known as the White Flag case. Fonseka was accused on three counts including inciting violence by violating the Public Security and Emergency Regulations Acts. In an interview given to Frederica Jansz of the Sunday Leader, published on December 13 2009, Fonseka claimed that Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had ordered Brigadier Shavendra Silva (now Sri Lanka’s ambassador to the UN) to shoot LTTE cadres surrendering with white flags during the final stages of the Sri Lankan armed forces’ victory over the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam).

    The role of the Sunday Leader has been puzzling in the extreme. No-one has been charged with the murder of the Leader’s founder, Lasantha Wickrematunge. There have been strong rumours that a shadowy military unit was responsible and that Fonseka was involved. Fonseka was also alleged to be behind the assault, which almost killed him, on Keith Noyahr, deputy editor of The Nation Sunday newspaper, and assaults on Namal Perera of the Sri Lanka Press Institute and Mahendra Ratnaweera, of the British High Commission. The Leader has been thought of as a UNP paper and Lasantha was thought to be close to UNP leader Ranil Wickramasinghe. Ranil told the Working Committee of the UNP that Lasantha’s murder was carried out by a special team reporting directly to Fonseka. Ranil and Lasantha were considered to be close friends. Despite this, Ranil agreed to Fonseka being the opposition candidate for the presidency.

    It would be extremely unlikely that those running the Leader today had not heard rumours of Fonseka’s involvement in Lasantha’s death. Nevertheless, the paper supported Fonseka’s presidential campaign.
    During the White Flag trial, Frederica Jansz, the current editor of the Leader, said that she had directly asked Fonseka if he knew who had killed Lasantha and could not get him to give an answer.
    This did not come out in Jansz’s answers under cross-examination in the High Court. On the 6th of October 2010, according to the Sunday Times (October 10 2010), she said she went to the interview with Fonseka accompanied by a “trainee reporter” (she denies this, saying it was Raknish Savan Wijewardene, a journalist at the time and not a trainee), a photographer and Lal Wickrematunge , chairman of Leader Publications (Lasantha’s brother). The “trainee journalist” had “taken down notes of the interview, except on the question about the ‘white flag’ issue”.

    At one point, [Lal] Wickrematunge had asked Wijewardene and the photographer to leave as he wanted to raise a personal issue with Fonseka. Lal asked Fonseka who was responsible for killing Lasantha. Jansz said in response to questioning in the High Court that she “did not pay attention to what was said by Fonseka in response to that question”.

    Ms Jansz is a very experienced investigative journalist who over the years has been the scourge of many a corrupt businessman and many criminals. Her paper has been running a long campaign to bring to justice the killers of Lasantha. Lasantha’s brother directly asked a man linked with the crime who killed his brother and Frederica drifts off like a distracted teenager!

    She said that she normally did tape recordings of interviews but the paper’s recorder had been given to someone going to interview the Western Provincial Council minister. Does the paper’s budget not run to buying a second recorder? Is the interview with the provincial minister more important than an interview with a presidential candidate who is accusing his own soldiers and government of a war crime and who is also suspected of involvement in the murder of the paper’s editor?

    Jansz said in an article of 6 June 2010 that the UNP was paying the newspaper one million rupees a week to increase the number of copies printed in order to support Fonseka’s campaign . This contributed to Fonseka’s conviction. Jansz claimed: “The financial transactions of a privately owned newspaper/publishing house is nobody’s business.” ‘

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      Padraig Colman:
      I expect the most recent installment of your stipend must have come through because you are at it again with your rambling drivel.
      Frederica Jansz didn’t “drift off like a distracted teenager” when Lal spoke to Fonseka. Lal chose to speak to Fonseka with no one else in the room. Your obfuscations – in this case a deliberate falsehood – do little in the interests of those you so assiduously defend.
      I remember there were two Irishmen during “the troubles:” De Valera and Michael Collins. There is little doubt whose footsteps you seek to tread in!

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        That would be Michael Collins.

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        “Your obfuscations – in this case a deliberate falsehood – do little in the interests of those you so assiduously defend.”

        What you call “a deliberate falsehood” is quote directly from the Sunday Times account of the court proceedings. Can you prove that the Sunday Times was lying?

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          Yes Sunday Times does lie.

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            I am sure that the Sunday Times may lie. however, did it, in this particular instance, misreport what was said in the High Court?

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          Mr Colman, man read this , I thought you have a brain, :(

          A classified US diplomatic cable under the name of Patricia A. Butenis, the US ambassador to Colombo shows, the Presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka stood by the controversial “white Flag” story published by the Sunday Leader.

          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/wikileaks-fonseka-did-discuss-the-white-flags-story-with-us-ambassador/

          ;) ;)

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            Here you say I have a brain. Later you call me an idiot. I do have a brain. It is not exceptional but better than some. I am not an idiot.

            I am familiar with the WikiLeaks to which you refer. One of the common fallacies in these threads is to believe that merely stating something makes it true. WikiLeaks is not proof of anything very much. Patricia Butenis said that Fonseka stood by his story when he spoke to her. On other occasions he retracted.Which Fonseka statement do we believe?

            Where does this leave Fonseka? He was Army Commander when the alleged crime was committed.

            Where does it leave Jansz?

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        @ Mama lanka daruwek
        @ Kannan

        You both seem to be suffering from cognitive dissonance. I have made a comment which is relevant to the subject under discussion. I have provided supportive evidence. Your response is to ignore what is being discussed and to abuse me personally on the basis of speculation about how I might have behaved had I been born 50 years before my actual date of birth. Can you not see how ludicrous that is?!

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      Padraig don’t delude yourself and believe you would have been with Michael Colins fighting for Irish independence. You would most probably have been a Informant for the British not due to political beliefs rather to be associated with those in power.

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        You don’t know anything about my political beliefs. Do i even have any? Counter-factual history is not my thing. Anyway what has Michael Collins got to do with Frederica Jansz?

        Here is what I have written about Collins:

        http://pcolman.wordpress.com/2012/04/08/the-easter-rising/

        “Collins died in 1922 at the age of only 31, in an ambush at Béal na mBláth (the Mouth of Flowers) near his home town of Clonakilty in West Cork. He was older than Jim Morrison but younger than Elvis. Collins’s memory lives on but can he be regarded as a martyr when he was killed, not by the British, but by his fellow Corkonians? He is certainly marketed to tourists as a “Lost Leader”.

        Collins was big and handsome and charismatic. There were rumours of lovers including Dame Edith Vane-Tempest, Lady Londonderry, a famous political hostess.

        According to the memoirs of Derek Patmore, a writer and artist who was a close friend of Hazel Lavery, wife of the portrait painter Sir John Lavery, Collins was “the great love in her life”. A personification of Ireland modelled on Lady Lavery and painted by her husband was reproduced on Irish banknotes from 1928 until the 1970s. Sir John painted a portrait of Collins in full military uniform in his coffin draped in the Irish tri-colour.

        Frank O’Connor, in his 1937 biography of Collins[v], paints a picture of a larger-than-life character, hot-tempered, violent, sentimental, respectful of elders, well-read, intelligent, and, despite his volatility, calculating and efficient. O’Connor was a distinguished writer of fiction, so one cannot tell how “creative” his picture is. The book is sympathetic to Collins which might be surprising as O’Connor (real name Michael O’Donovan) fought on the opposite side and was one of twelve thousand Anti-Treaty combatants who were interned by the government.

        “The bulk of Collins’s time was not spent in action scenes. It was spent as a manager and administrator, whether as Minister of Finance or Director of Intelligence”.[vi] He was conscious of the advantage of maintaining a public image of a uniformed general commanding the national army but he was irritated at the mystical and neurotic worship of the republic.

        O’Connor describes Collins thus: “This energetic man, who kept a file for every transaction, who insisted on supervising every detail and went nowhere without his secretary, bore very little resemblance to the Collins of legend and none at all to the revolutionary of fiction. Beside him, Lenin, with his theories, feuds and excommunications, seems a child, and not a particularly intelligent one. He ran the whole Revolution as if it were a great business concern, ignoring all the rules”.

        Even in March 2012, the rivalry between Collins and De Valera lives on. In the Irish Senate, Fine Gael Senator Tom Sheahan recently asked, “Is it not ironic the way history repeats itself?” said, pausing for effect before adding: “Deputy Micheál Martin is not the first Corkman to be shot in the back by a de Valera.” The Senator’s mock concern for Fianna Fail leader Martin, who forced his deputy leader Éamon Ó Cuív – a grandson of de Valera – to resign because of his defiance on the party’s support for the fiscal treaty referendum, had the desired effect. Having got everybody into a state of high excitement, Mr Sheahan remarked mildly: “I will withdraw the comment which appears to have caused upset.”[vii]

        That the question of who shot Michael Collins still has the ability to provoke a political row 90 years after the event is a testament to the significance of an event that played such an important role in the first year of the State’s existence.

        Neil Jordan’s 1996 film Michael Collins implied that de Valera had a direct role in the shooting. Collins was portrayed as warm-hearted and passionate by the expansive Liam Neeson (love interest supplied by Julia Roberts as fiancée Kitty Kiernan) while De Valera was played slyly by that master of sinister, Alan Rickman.”

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          Ouch! Padraig. Cut the crap and dont bore us with your Irish ramblings. We are not interested in Michael Collins or his escapades. We have enough of our own problems to make us miserable. So, spare us further agony. And do us a favour. Try taking a long trip somewhere. Might do you some good. Only make sure it is not the US because you are bound to bump into Frederica. And she is sure gonna ask you a lot of questions.

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            I didn’t bring Michael Collins into it.

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          Padraig:
          Is there no bottom to the well of drivel from which you draw? You are, very simply put, a stooge who will “spin” anything in any direction to serve your masters.
          And your comparison of Michael Collins to Elvis and Jim Morrison is certainly indicative of your values!

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            No there isn’t.

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            I did not compare them!

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    Thanks to these journalist like many scams and extrajudicial activities of the regime were exposed. The regime killed Lasantha, there is no doubt about it. It is not ordinary people on the streets who came armed on trail bikes who killed him.

    The pig shit dialogue contains implicit threats to the life of FJ – People will kill you!!! People hate you!!! They will kill you!!!

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    Sarah, you should do your home work before getting involved with SL so called journalist/s..

    Jansz’s [Edited out]

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    She does deserve credit for her exposes on the human rights abuses, corruption and hypocrisy of the current regime and their supporters. The country needs more brave journalists of Lasantha Wicrematunga’s, her predecessors stature, to carry the flag for true democracy and the future of the people irrespective of race.

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    Tissainayagam and Fredrica Jansz(both in the U S.) Please recommence the investigative journolism for the sake of srilankans.

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    Message for Senguttuvan:
    I thought of something u blogged a long time ago
    when reading a review in FRONTLINE of a new book:
    THE NAMO STORY: A POLITICAL LIFE (on Narendra Modi)

    In case it’s of any interest to you u can read it at:
    http://www.frontline.in/books/rise-of-modi/article4794570.ece

    Manel

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      Tku Manel. Grateful. I responded in another page. Can’t remember
      which.

      Senguttuvan

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    according to her own interview he had to run to the great ladn of freedom as she wrote an article about Gota brining in a rare breed dog from the swiss .

    So now this idiot can write about how everybodys phone and internet is tapped by obumer and than how the large coorperations run the senate and its agenda .

    Land of the free is not what is cut out to be for anybody other than the sheep who live there and the world over . I found it the hard way .She would have donebetter in Canada or Australia free loading off the govt . but then australia wont take her.

    Either way the woman has two children . good luck to here . she can certainly write about the corn growing and the next years pig harvest . lol

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    Isn’t it funny that these so-called “persecuted” Sri Lankan journalists leave the country through BIA, with the full knowledge of the Government. If you compare these tabloid crusaders with Northern Tamils who risk life and limb to flee cross the sea in overcrowded vessels, then the difference is obvious. One thing is that these “persecuted” journalists are living a good life, yes the Colombo 7 life. Enjoying political patronage, bribe money, commissions, etc. Lasantha W. was no exception; as soon as he died, his wife began making plans to enjoy the good life in Australia. Jansz is no different, she was never in danger, so to speak, what she did is defame the Defense Secretary on numerous occassions, despite being warned. Defamation is a crime in many countries, not just Sri Lanka.

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      “she was never in danger, so to speak,”

      ——

      Lester, you ass,read the article again and see how she was followed by motorbikes and received death threats.And when Gota says the people will kill you what does it mean,any fool other than you will interpret it as “i can easily get some people to kill you”.See how he spoke to her using such foul language,when anyone listens to it becomes obvious that he badly needs psychiatric treatment.Any woman will run from the country when listening to such language except maybe your pig shit eating mother who must be hard as nails and thick skinned due to her swine hide.

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        Don’t confuse my mother with your pig shit religion that burned 30 children alive in a school today:

        http://news.sky.com/story/1112317/islamic-militants-kill-30-in-nigeria-school-attack

        Apologies to all pigs, as they are worth more than the beasts who carry out such attacks, and the brainwashed followers of the satanic cult.

        Jansz was never in danger, as GOSL was still recieving bad publicity from LW’s murder; it is unlikely that GOSL would go after another prominent journalist. Gota threatened her; Gota threatened many other people, including Foneska (by hanging).

        Jansz has simply run off to the West with her millions as the Sunday Leader is no longer profitable.

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          CT – Lester the pig shit eater always comes out with racial remarks. This idiot should be thrust into the limbo of forgotten things!

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          “Jansz was never in danger, as GOSL was still recieving bad publicity from LW’s murder; it is unlikely that GOSL would go after another prominent journalist. Gota threatened her; Gota threatened many other people, including Foneska (by hanging).”

          ——

          Did the lasantha murder stop pradeep ekneligoda going missing or keith noyahar from being beaten within a inch of his life and his penis damaged.In the case of frederica who is a woman it will be worse if she was kidnapped with the sexual perverts having a field day probing her vagina with sharp instruments as what happened to a philipino politicians wife some time ago during Gloria arroyo’s tenure when she and other women were waylaid on the way to the polling booth and she had to suffer a painful and slow death.

          For the sake of her two small children she did the correct thing and got away.If they had not kidnapped her immediatly because she was in the spotlight,they would have done it after a couple of years when interest in her would have faded somewhat.

          You can’t expect people who badly need psychiatric treatment to think and behave in the same way rational way like normal people.Since this regime came to power see the amount of media personnel killed,missing beaten up, chased away out of the country,printing presses burnt down etc.You seem to be disgruntled that this woman was intelligent enough not end up missing and some politician goon or the attorney general will say she is living in some country and there is no case to answer for.In the meantime she would have been gangraped,her genitals mutilated and dumped into the sea by helicopter.

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        I too am followed by Motor bikes .Three wheelers and white vans in SL . I did not think I was in any danger because of that . Should I take note of that fact as well ???

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          Depends on whether you are in heat.I also had a tough time when i was in srilanka with all the stray dogs trying to break into my premises when my bitch was in heat.

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            and were the fellows following you yowling like those damn dogs.

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      Lester:
      I understand that there is a lot of dirty money floating around looking for houses. You could, perhaps, wear your other “housing salesman” hat and sell them some. Or is that a little more dangerous than duping those you did before?

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      LESATAER;

      But Abduction,Ransom taking,
      lootings, white vaning, Raping, Killing and make false accusations
      Intimidations, Tortureing of prisinors , filing cases on fabricated, are punisable crimes in Sri lanka,in The wonderland of The Univers.

      And there is no defence secretary in Sri Lanka.

      only a “$$%£”%+++ $£^^”&@.

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    “Defamation is a crime in many countries, not just Sri Lanka”

    Looks like this Lester fellow is soon going to defend Sharia laws.

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      @suruttu bibile
      “Looks like this Lester fellow is soon going to defend Sharia laws.”

      Dont think so. He knows if Sharia law is introduced he will be the first person to have his you-know-what cut off (that is, assuming he has one), for all the nonsensical comments he makes on almost every issue highlighted in these blogs.

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        Sharia Law is only for tip-cut fools who wish to control their women like dogs on leashes. Mahinda has actually done well with fighting crime; drug-trafficking, murder, kidnapping, extortion, are all down. No need to turn the country into a Caliphate.

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          Under Sharia law, this last comment of his alone will qualify him for a complete lopping off of his ENTIRE thing. Again, assuming that he has one.

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            Zameer:
            You really MUST stop giving “Lester” credit for having what he very obviously does not.
            I’ll bet he was born with a very squeaky voice and hasn’t changed since.

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          you are on the spot.

          Mahinda and Clan have actually done well with crime; drug-trafficking, murder, kidnapping, extortion,and lootings.
          Many times they, mahinda clan helped me too.

          How all things come out automaticaly from Bone suckers.

          ask for more bones or pay incriement from your bosses.
          [leepoter].

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    sorry but fj cooked her own goose.which newspaper editor would go for a interview of such a controversial nature without a witness or a tape recorder,and when called a liar by foneka’s defence attorney she took revenge by misusing her position in the newspaper

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      Idiot, if you don’t know the fact don’t talk. Do some research before you comment. Read the cable below;

      A classified US diplomatic cable under the name of Patricia A. Butenis, the US ambassador to Colombo shows, the Presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka stood by the controversial “white Flag” story published by the Sunday Leader.

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/wikileaks-fonseka-did-discuss-the-white-flags-story-with-us-ambassador/

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        ‘I managed the war like a true soldier. I did not make decisions from A/C rooms. I was under pressure to stop the war even during the final phase. I got messages not to shoot those who are carrying white flags. A war is fought by soldiers. They do so by putting their lives on the line. Therefore, the decisions about war should be taken by the soldiers in the battlefront. Not the people in A/C rooms in Colombo. Our soldiers have seen in life the kind of destruction carried out by those people before they decided to come carrying a white flag. Therefore, they carried out their duties. We destroyed any one connected with the LTTE. That is how we won the war,’ Fonseka said at an event held in Ambalangoda to felicitate him on July 10.’

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        sorry chum i am not privy to classified cables of the us embassy all my idiotic brain understands is that when giving evidence in a court of law one must be able to substantiate what one says and in this instance fj failed and was called a liar by the defence and fj used her position as editor to take revenge.this is what i resent

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          Good point!

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      In the minds of most of the readers here, everything that Frederica stood for and staunchly defended through her literary exposes for years, flies out of the window all because of an insignificant indiscretion on her part – damn the contract killings, damn the White Vans, damn the grease Yakkas, damn the abductions and damn the White Flag. Frederica did not take a tape recorder with her. That is the central issue today. Nothing else matters. Now, do you understand why Sri Lanka is still in the doldrums?

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        It is not just a question of forgetting a tape recorder. The main question is why did the Leader support Fonseka, considering his record and stated views minorities, on human rights and press freedom? Why did the Leader take money from the UNP to support Fonseka?

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        Agree with you. But if a tape exists……?

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      You do not know half the story. Much of it did not come out in Court in order to protect people. Laduwahetty knew and took advantage of the situation. Old history now.

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    When I first came to live in Sri Lanka in 2002, the Sunday Leader was the first newspaper I read. I thought it was wonderful. One particular editorial sticks in my mind even now. Lasantha was hilariously abusive about CBK in response to her mockery of KN Choksy’s appearance. Such an article would never have got into an English newspaper. I continued to be a regular reader and still buy the print edition of the Sunday Leader every week. Back in those days I was impressed by the investigative journalism of Frederica Jansz. I was also impressed by her courage. She was not a good writer. Her investigative articles were undermined by being repetitive and too lengthy. She needed editing.

    Why did she leave the Sunday Leader while Lasantha was editor? What did she do after leaving? I noticed an article about the CEB which seemed oddly placed among the fluff in Adoh. She edited Montage which was good in parts and then disappeared. I continued to read the Sunday Leader throughout her editorship but was often disappointed.

    She was not a good editor. She got into unnecessary and demeaning fights with other journalists. Does anyone remember her mean-spirited behaviour to other journalists who won awards that she thought should have been hers? Her attacks on Amal Jayasinghe, Sinha Ratnatunga, Manik de Silva, Iqbal Athas?

    As lal says in this thread, it would be good if she could continue to be an investigative journalist in the US. There is much there to uncover.

    I wish her well in her new home. I have visited the Pacific Northwest and Seattle and thought it would be a good place to live. If I go there again I will try to meet Frederica and I am sure we could have a good conversation.

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      @Padraig Colman
      But after having painted such a sultry picture of her as being mean spirited,abusive and ill-tempered, do you still think it a wise idea to visit her in Seattle if ever you chance to get there? More importantly, will SHE be willing to even see you, let alone entertain you after what you have just publicly stated about her temperament and character? Good luck anyway. Luck of the Irish brand, I mean.

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        Thank you Reeza. I am confident that my innate charm will win her over. It never fails.

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          padraig,your numerous comments are not winning us over.Can you reduce the rubbish please.Quality not quantity wanted here.

          Not that i read your comments anyway,but it takes time to sort out the wheat from the chaff and read the others.Can you make it one comment a day.I will kneel down and worship you when we meet and ask your forgiveness for hurting your feelings.

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            You do not need to worship me.My feelings are not hurt. I am made of stone.

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      [Edited out]:
      You must be a very large man, physically, I mean, because you are full of “it.”
      There might be something worth reading in your ramblings if they were less about you and more about what you claim to be writing about. Oh, but then, a man who puts Michael Collins in the same hall of fame as Elvis and Morrison must have kissed the Blarney Stone at some point. The pity, though, is that he does not appear to have recovered from that exercise.
      P.S.
      I am sure that FJ will be impressed and flattered by something said by the likes of you.

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        I am not very tall but I have a large belly which is full of beer and shit. I wonder what you are like in person. Would you be brave enough, face to face with me, to deal in the same kind of personal abuse that you trade in hiding behind a pseudonym? I doubt it.

        Only tourists kiss the Blarney stone.

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        “a man who puts Michael Collins in the same hall of fame as Elvis and Morrison must have kissed the Blarney Stone at some point.”

        Can you not read? I did not put Michael Collins in the same hall of fame as Elvis and Morrison.

        I am happy to consider criticism of what I HAVE written but I can’t deal with your fantasies.

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    Barbarians have attacked a Buddhist site in India with bombs.

    The religion of peace terrorists behind this.

    As usual!

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    Thank God for safe delivery! Washington state is a wonderful place to flee to – full of lakes and wildlife and mountains. A great place to start a new life. Frederica, you were brave to put you head above the parapet – just once too many times. SL didn’t deserve you and now there surely is a book to write. What stories you surely have to tell, and not all puppy dog tales, but don’t forget to tell us where ‘they’ buried the bodies.

    To you and your long-suffering family, a happy and safe future.

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      Washington State is truly wonderful. All happiness to Frederica there.I would be happy to live there myself but probably could not afford to and would not not get citizenship.

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    Thank God for safe delivery! Washington state is a wonderful place to flee to – full of lakes and wildlife and mountains. A great place to start a new life. Frederica, you were brave to put you head above the parapet – just once too many times. SL didn’t deserve you and now there surely is a book to write. What stories you surely have to tell, and not all puppy dogs tales, but don’t forget to tell us where ‘they’ buried the bodies.

    To you and your long-suffering family, a happy and safe future.

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      I will certainly buy a copy of that book. I am soon going to buy Raine Wickremetunge’s book.

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    A person calling him/herself Lal has made an observation about Frederica – “The point is FJ is not a good jouno (sic)…” I sincerely hope this person is not the former publisher of The Sunday Leader, because if it is, then the employer is criticizing an ex-employee on a public blog, and that is the beginning of a very bad practice. If it is not the ex-publisher then it is just a comment.

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      We may never know!

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      Saro,put your mind at ease.That was Lal Bahadur Shastri.

      When he was prime minister of india.A westerner was travelling in the train and was stunned at the number of indians defecating in the open.he told a fellow passenger,an indian,”why is the prime minister not doing something about this shameful situation”.

      The indian pointed to a person defecating and said”do you know who is that man wearing a fez cap”.
      “no i don’t” said the foreigner.
      “that is our prime minister”.

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        Cut the crap, shankar, quality is what is wanted here.

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          padraig,pot calling the kettle black.Or should i say one black stone calling the other black.

          Difference between us is that my quality as well as quantity is low.So i think readers can manage to go through the shit i dish out without looking for the panadol pills unlike when they read yours.I did make a error when i said that i never read your comments,because i do read one or two which were good,but as i said due to the volume it is difficult to sort out the chaff from the wheat and have to look for the panadol.

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      The person calling him/herself Lal and criticizing the former Editor of The Sunday Leader is not the ex-publisher of the same paper.

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