Following the damning revelations that came to light at the inaugural session of the Parliamentary Select Committee meeting probing Easter Attacks yesterday, Sirisena as usual seems to have been busy thinking of ways to steer clear of blame.
His answer to save himself from any culpability based on information revealed yesterday, was to issue a bizarre tweet from his official Twitter account @MaithripalaS this morning.
The tweet published in Sinhala translates to:
“As discussions of the Security Council was leaked to media via unofficial channels, the structure was changed and National Security Committee was established and convened bi weekly. On 19/4/8, at the meeting convened for Senior Police officials, no information was relayed to me regarding the 21st attacks.
I reject any reports that claim I was made aware of the information.”
The tweet was met with confusion as no mention was made about a senior police officials’ meeting on April 8, at the hearings yesterday. In fact, it is unclear if any Senior Police officials could have made themselves available for a meeting on April 8th as the security apparatus seems to have been busy with the visit of Indian Defense Secretary, Sanjay Mitra which fell from April 6-8.
Furthermore, even if Sirisena was not briefed about impending threat of Easter Attacks on April 8, it still doesn’t stop him from being held accountable for failing to hold a single National Security Council meeting since February 19 until the date of the attacks.