Namal Rajapaksa’s staff member Kelum Priyankara is the mastermind behind a massive fake news operation targeting SLPP’s political opponents, Colombo Telegraph can reveal.
Priyankara is the originator of a series of fake news posts claiming UNF candidate Sajith Premadasa slaughtered seven pregnant elephants in Habarana to fulfill a vow after he won the candidacy of the UNP.
On Thursday (10) soon after Premadasa’s rally at Galle Face, Priyankara circulated images on Facebook claiming that a man standing behind the UNP candidate was Dr Shafi who performed sterilisations. The same post also ridiculed Premadasa for being childless.
The young MP from Hambantota prides himself on a cosmopolitan outlook and regularly chastises the UNP and other parties for spreading fake news and misinformation. However, one of the biggest generators of misinformation is a well-entrenched staff member within his own fold.
Kelum Priyankara was once also questioned by the Criminal Investigation Department over a complaint made by UNP MP Gayantha Karunatilleka, also on the grounds that he spread fake news about Karunatilleka putting promotional labels on flood relief items. However to date he remains a member of Namal Rajapaksa’s staff.