MP Sarath Fonseka says cries of betrayal over the ‘Millennium City’ incident is a politically motivated spin.
Dropping a bombshell before testimony of ex-DIG Nalaka de Silva began, Fonseka said some have confused the ‘Millennium City’ incident just like the phrase ‘Eyes Only’ rose to controversy following the inaugural PSC session last week.
“I was the Northern Commander when Millenium City happened. It is true they were an intelligence unit but there was a misinformation campaign claiming they were part of a Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol Unit,”he says.
Fonseka did not mince his words as he continued, “The office in charge of this unit was a Sergeant. With a waistline of about 41 inches, he could barely climb two flights of stairs…Even I had doubts about what the team was doing there with a haul of weapons”
Millennium City incident was revived by Opposition members over the past few days including Wimal Weerawansa and Mahinda Rajapaksa to express concerns over the live telecast of the testimonies by intelligence officers before the PSC.
Fonseka went on to state the way some groups are fussing about the phrase ‘Eyes Only’ mentioned by National Intelligence Chief Sisira Mendis last week, is similar to ‘Banda going to town’ noting their confusion is due to never having heard those phrase before although they are openly used in military settings.
“It is not an intelligence term… Few have even understood it to mean ‘Ice only no soda’,” he said in his statement, aiming blows at Opposition MPs who criticised the PSC for failing to understand the ‘gravity of security details’ mentioned during testimonies.