“On April 25, talk show host Ranga told us that President Rajapaksa had informed him in front of a witness that Defense Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa was incensed by Ranga’s handling of the abduction issue in his TV talk shows.” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington.
The Colombo Telegraph found the related leaked cable from the WikiLeaks database. The cable is classified as “SECRET” and discuses Sri Lanka’s paramilitary operations. The cable was written by the Ambassador Robert O. Blake on May 18, 2007.
The ambassador Blake wrote; “The President, whose son is a close friend of Ranga‘s, insisted that Ranga leave the country, offering him the post of DCM in Oslo as an inducement. Should he fail to accept the offer of exile, Rajapaksa reportedly told him, Devananda would have him killed. Ranga said he also feared assassination by the LTTE, who consider him a Rajapaksa stooge.”
We publish below the relevant part of the cable;
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S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 06 COLOMBO 000728 SIPDIS SIPDIS DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/INS MCC FOR S GROFF, D TETER, D NASSIRY AND E BURKE E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/18/2017 TAGS: PGOV PREL PTER PHUM MOPS CE SUBJECT: SRI LANKA: GSL COMPLICITY IN PARAMILITARY FACTIONS' HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES REF: A. COLOMBO 591 ¶B. COLOMBO 561 ¶C. COLOMBO 463 ¶D. COLOMBO 460 ¶E. 2006 COLOMBO 2056 ¶F. 2006 COLOMBO 1896 ¶G. 2005 COLOMBO 2157 ¶H. 2004 COLOMBO 1219 Classified By: Ambassador Robert O. Blake, Jr., for reasons 1.4(b, d) ¶1. (S) SUMMARY: Allegations of government complicity in crimes committed by organized paramilitary groups have mounted in the last year. Paramilitaries such as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)-breakaway Karuna group and Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) have helped the Government of Sri Lanka (GSL) to fight the LTTE, to kidnap suspected LTTE collaborators, and to give the GSL a measure of deniability. The GSL, which denies any links to paramilitary groups, has recently touted its efforts to improve its human rights record, such as the re-publication of procedures on arrests and detentions and the appointment of a "One-Man Commission" to investigate reported disappearances (ref C). However, these efforts so far appear aimed more at improving Sri Lanka's image abroad and have yet to produce concrete improvements in the human rights situation. Outside the capital, the incidence of human rights abuses has continued, including extrajudicial killings, abductions, child trafficking, extortion, and prostitution. President Rajapaksa's government, strapped for cash, has cut direct payments to paramilitaries initiated by former President Kumaratunga and instead turns a blind eye to extortion and kidnapping for ransom by EPDP and Karuna. While many of the charges against the government have been made in public fora, a growing number of trusted Embassy contacts, often at personal risk, have described in detail the extent of the GSL's involvement with paramilitary groups. END SUMMARY.
COLOMBO 00000728 005 OF 006 ¶16. (S) On April 25, talk show host Ranga told us that President Rajapaksa had informed him in front of a witness that Defense Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa was incensed by Ranga's handling of the abduction issue in his TV talk shows. The President, whose son is a close friend of Ranga's, insisted that Ranga leave the country, offering him the post of DCM in Oslo as an inducement. Should he fail to accept the offer of exile, Rajapaksa reportedly told him, Devananda would have him killed. Ranga said he also feared assassination by the LTTE, who consider him a Rajapaksa stooge.
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