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WikiLeaks: Blake Wanted US To Help GoSL’s War Against LTTE

By Colombo Telegraph

“On January 10, Ambassador and Pol Chief met Defense Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa. Ambassador noted that the U.S. and Sri Lanka wanted to work with each other and with India on interdiction of arms shipments to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington.

Robert Blake

“He said the U.S. was prepared to respond to Sri Lanka’s specific requests by gathering all information available about suspected Tamil Tiger ships, including the various types of intelligence, and would pass on actionable items to the Sri Lankan Navy. Gothabaya expressed appreciation for the U.S. willingness to assist.” the US Embassy further informed Washington.

The Colombo Telegraph found the leaked US diplomatic cable from WikiLeak database. The Cable recounts the details of a meeting the US Ambassador Robert Blake has had with Defence Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa. The cable is classified as “SECRET”  and written by the ambassador Blake on January 16, 2007.

Blake wrote “Ambassador observed that the planned acquisition by the Sri Lankans of additional coastal radars under the 1206 program, coupled with airborne radars deployed on Beechcraft planes, would greatly assist interdiction efforts by expanding the GSL radar surveillance horizon hundreds of miles out. The Secretary agreed.”

“Ambassador inquired about the status of Sri Lankan efforts to cut off illegal transfers of arms to the LTTE. Gothabaya conceded that there were gaps in the Sri Lankan blockade against the Tigers. Clearly some resupply vessels were getting through, he said, because the Tigers had obviously managed to replenish their stores of artillery and mortar ammunition. In fact, an analysis showed that 80% of Sri Lankan army casualties came from artillery and mortar fire, as well as IEDs. However, this also was an indication that the new LTTE recruits were less motivated than their predecessors, since so few of the casualties came from direct fire in close engagements.” he further wrote.

Placing a comment Blake wrote “If the U.S. chose to provide the Whalers to the SLN, it would greatly improve the SLN capability to patrol their maritime boundary and rivers against a variety of threats, including weapons smuggling and piracy by the terrorist organization LTTE, as well as narcotics and human trafficking and other criminal/terrorist seaborne activities. The Navy Commander also was gratified to learn that the prospective provision of the boats would be in addition to the current 1206 funding priorities.”

Read the cable below for further details;

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OO RUEHBI
DE RUEHLM #0088 0161345
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
O 161345Z JAN 07
FM AMEMBASSY COLOMBO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 5160
INFO RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON PRIORITY 3447
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI PRIORITY 0495
RUEHNY/AMEMBASSY OSLO PRIORITY 3539
RUEHCG/AMCONSUL CHENNAI PRIORITY 7308
RUEHBI/AMCONSUL MUMBAI PRIORITY 5045
RHHMUNA/HQ USPACOM HONOLULU HI PRIORITY
RUEKDIA/DIA WASHDC PRIORITY
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY
S E C R E T COLOMBO 000088 

SIPDIS 

SIPDIS 

DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/INS, SCA/RA AND PM
PACOM FOR J005 FOREIGN POLICY ADVISOR
SECDEF FOR OSD SOUTH ASIA ASST. COUNTRY DIRECTOR C CLARY 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/12/2017
TAGS: MARR MOPS PTER PREL PGOV CE
SUBJECT: SRI LANKA: DEFENSE SECRETARY AND AMBASSADOR REVIEW
MILITARY COOPERATION 

REF: A) COLOMBO 0057 B) AMB BLAKE/PACOM E-MAILS 

     (NOTAL) C) COLOMBO DAO/OSD E-MAILS (NOTAL) 

Classified By: AMBASSADOR ROBERT O. BLAKE, JR.  REASONS: 1.4 (B, D) 

1.  (S) On January 10, Ambassador and Pol Chief met Defense
Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa (ref a).  Ambassador noted that 

SIPDIS
the U.S. and Sri Lanka wanted to work with each other and
with India on interdiction of arms shipments to the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (ref b).  He said the U.S.
was prepared to respond to Sri Lanka's specific requests by
gathering all information available about suspected Tamil
Tiger ships, including the various types of intelligence, and
would pass on actionable items to the Sri Lankan Navy.
Gothabaya expressed appreciation for the U.S. willingness to
assist. 

2.  (C) Gothabaya brought up the U.S. offer to provide six
26-foot Boston Whaler "Justice" class patrol boats (ref c) to
the Sri Lankan Navy (SLN).  He confirmed that the Sri Lankans
are extremely interested in acquiring the boats to fill a
critical gap in the SLN near-shore patrolling capability.  He
noted that the boats would be of great use in the shallow
waters of the Palk Strait between Sri Lanka and India.
Ambassador responded that the had spoken on January 8 to Navy
Commander Wasantha Karannagoda, who had also assured him of
the Sri Lankan interest and confirmed that it was well within
the ability of the SLN to operate and maintain the craft.
Ambassador told Gothabaya that he had conveyed the GSL
interest to U.S. authorities, but there had been no final
decision on the recipient of the boats.  Gothabaya thanked
him and said that the donation of the patrol craft would be
greatly appreciated. 

3.  (C) Ambassador observed that the planned acquisition by
the Sri Lankans of additional coastal radars under the 1206
program, coupled with airborne radars deployed on Beechcraft
planes, would greatly assist interdiction efforts by
expanding the GSL radar surveillance horizon hundreds of
miles out.  The Secretary agreed. 

4.  (C) Ambassador inquired about the status of Sri Lankan
efforts to cut off illegal transfers of arms to the LTTE.
Gothabaya conceded that there were gaps in the Sri Lankan
blockade against the Tigers.  Clearly some resupply vessels
were getting through, he said, because the Tigers had
obviously managed to replenish their stores of artillery and
mortar ammunition.  In fact, an analysis showed that 80% of
Sri Lankan army casualties came from artillery and mortar
fire, as well as IEDs.  However, this also was an indication
that the new LTTE recruits were less motivated than their
predecessors, since so few of the casualties came from direct
fire in close engagements. 

5.  (C) COMMENT: If the U.S. chose to provide the Whalers to
the SLN, it would greatly improve the SLN capability to
patrol their maritime boundary and rivers against a variety
of threats, including weapons smuggling and piracy by the
terrorist organization LTTE, as well as narcotics and human
trafficking and other criminal/terrorist seaborne activities.
The Navy Commander also was gratified to learn that the
prospective provision of the boats would be in addition to
the current 1206 funding priorities.
BLAKE
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    Shame! Shame! Sri Lanka needed entire world’s help to fight off a small group of freedom fighters formed by a 17 year old boy.

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      Very true!

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      Yes but hasn’t the government’s efforts kicked the ass of the 17 year old boy and his followers very very hard? Did you aslo know, this 17 y.o. nasty drug dealer killed 100,000 people before he was dragged down in Nandikadal lagoon and given a good brainwash. Only problem was his brain was out of his skull when it was washed.lol

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      was it a small 17 year old boy and his group of mischievous school boys that died in nandikadaal? didnt they get weapons and training from TN?

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    so, what is all about? US Conspiracy against Sri Lanka, BS. ;)

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      to gowri and jamal, “” small group of freedom fighters “” you said.Maybe b`cs they abducted, trained,armed to the teeth and finaly sent to the front well over 5800 children (their own)as cannon fodder,may be b`cs they killed two world leaders of the calibre of Ex premier of no less than of INDIA and an in office president of Sri Lanka,killing in cold blood praying to god Muslims in their mosques in two seperate occaisions numbering more than 200,KILLING over 60 novice BUDDHIST MONKS ON A PILGRIMAGE INCLUDING THEIR AGED BUT BRAVE DIEHARD TEACHER MONK,The list goes on and on will show how and what a “SMALL GROUP OF FREEDOM FIHGHTERS THEY (MY FOOT;THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT AND ALSO THE 4limbs of you two)were. I SAY TO BOTH OF YOU;FOR GOD SAKE GET A LIFE.

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      Jaliya Silva,One question ! how tasty is the back side hole of “”UNCLE SAM””?? I must give in by saying I live in europe but the duifference betwween you and me is that (assuming you are living in Sri Lanka)you are licking the backs of the yankees and me spitting on them.GOT MY POINT ???:DO NOT SPITT LOOKING UP TO THE SKY:

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      Jaliya Silva,One question ! how tasty is the back side hole of “”UNCLE SAM””?? I must give in by saying I live in europe but the difference between you and me is that (assuming you are living in Sri Lanka)you are licking the backs of the yankees and me spitting on them.GOT MY POINT ???:DO NOT SPITT LOOKING UP TO THE SKY:

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    Ane manda Sarath, matanam mewa therenne ne. Oluwa pissu wikara wenawa munge politics kiyawala. Mama yanawa yanna bagayak gahanna.

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    Mahadenamutha,
    Don’t you know that the defeated leftover Tiger terrorists have been appointed as the official back hole lickers of Uncle Sam,the Brits and the vikings?While Rudrakumaran is leading the male unit,MIA is leading the female unit.What a shame the great Dravidians becoming back hole lickers of the Suddas!

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    Gowrie, Jamal – have you forgotten how many Indian soldiers were killed by the LTTE and how they got routed and had to leave SL. SLA is the best in the world as they didnt get any help to route the LTTE.

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