By Colombo Telegraph –
“However, Ranga said that the current government, cash-strapped, has ended this arrangement. Instead, he alleged, Defense Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa has authorized EPDP and Karuna to collect the money from Tamil businessmen. This may account for the sharp rise in lawlessness, especially extortion and kidnapping, that many have documented in Vavuniya and Colombo.” 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.
The cable, dated May 18, 2007, updated the Secretary of State on Sri Lanka’s issue of paramilitary operations and asked strictly protect Sri Ranga Jeyaratnam as their source. Sri Ranga is described as a person who has close personal ties to the Rajapaksa family.
Sri Ranga was elected to represent opposition United National Party in 2010 general elections and later crossover to ruling party. Prior to becoming a member of Sri Lankan Parliament, Sri Ranga served in numerous positions at the Shakthi TV (MTV) station. In 2008, the East-West Center invited Sri Ranga to participate in “The New Generation Seminar” (NGS) along with other young leaders from the United States and Asia Pacific. The program is developed around a thematic focus and provides participants with an opportunity to strengthen their understanding of Asia Pacific-U.S. developments and challenges, build a regional network and to become leaders with a more international perspective. He participated in the 18th New Generation Seminar held in Honolulu, Youngstown and Washington D.C. during September and October of 2008
Ambassador Blake wrote “The GSL has a history of funding paramilitary groups. Popular Tamil TV talk show host Sri Ranga Jeyaratnam (strictly protect), who has close personal ties to the Rajapaksa family, pointed out that under former President Kumaratunga, the GSL had begun the practice of paying paramilitaries to refrain from engaging in criminal pursuits. Several Embassy interlocutors have independently confirmed this. However, Ranga said that the current government, cash-strapped, has ended this arrangement.”
“ Instead, he alleged, Defense Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa has authorized EPDP and Karuna to collect the money from Tamil businessmen. This may account for the sharp rise in lawlessness, especially extortion and kidnapping, that many have documented in Vavuniya and Colombo. Even though EPDP and Karuna are each comprised nearly exclusively of ethnic Tamils, the crimes that they commit are almost always against other Tamils.” Blake further wrote.
Below we give the relevant part of the cable;
VZCZCXRO9322 OO RUEHBI RUEHLMC DE RUEHLM #0728/01 1380922 ZNY SSSSS ZZH O 180922Z MAY 07 FM AMEMBASSY COLOMBO TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6072 INFO RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN PRIORITY 0407 RUEHKA/AMEMBASSY DHAKA PRIORITY 0115 RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD PRIORITY 7096 RUEHKT/AMEMBASSY KATHMANDU PRIORITY 5189 RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON PRIORITY 3756 RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI PRIORITY 0973 RUEHNY/AMEMBASSY OSLO PRIORITY 3828 RUEHOT/AMEMBASSY OTTAWA PRIORITY 1087 RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO PRIORITY 2907 RUEHCG/AMCONSUL CHENNAI PRIORITY 7682 RUEHBI/AMCONSUL MUMBAI PRIORITY 5363 RUEHON/AMCONSUL TORONTO PRIORITY 0209 RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC PRIORITY RUEHLMC/MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION PRIORITY RHEFDIA/DIA WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA PRIORITY 2046 RHEHAAA/NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY RHHMUNA/HQ USPACOM HONOLULU HI PRIORITY RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS PRIORITY
Friday, 18 May 2007, 09:22 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 EO 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.
¶4. (S) The GSL has a history of funding paramilitary groups. Popular Tamil TV talk show host Sri Ranga Jeyaratnam (strictly protect), who has close personal ties to the Rajapaksa family, pointed out that under former President Kumaratunga, the GSL had begun the practice of paying paramilitaries to refrain from engaging in criminal pursuits. Several Embassy interlocutors have independently confirmed this. However, Ranga said that the current government, cash-strapped, has ended this arrangement. Instead, he alleged, Defense Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa has authorized EPDP and Karuna to collect the money from Tamil businessmen. This may account for the sharp rise in lawlessness, especially extortion and kidnapping, that many have documented in Vavuniya and Colombo. Even though EPDP and Karuna are each comprised nearly exclusively of ethnic Tamils, the crimes that they commit are almost always against other Tamils.
Kalu Albert / February 15, 2012
Another Informer! ;) ;) :0
SHAN / February 15, 2012
EVEN NOW “DIASPORA TERROR NETWORK” INVESTED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SRI LANKA IN VAROUS ACTIVITIES THRU SOME POPULAR TAMIL BUSINESSMEN IN SRI LANKA, AT ONE STAGE THE DIASPORA TERROR NETWORK EVEN WANTED TO BY THE “SRI LANKAN STOCK EXCHANGE” & TO RUN THE WHOLE SHOW.
I BELEIVE THERE IS NOTHING WRONG OF TRYING TO DIGOUT ALL THE ILLEGAL MONEY, INVESTED BY THE DIASPORA TERRORIST IN SRI LANKA IN VARIOUS ACTIVITIES.
I AM PRETTY SURE THERE ARE STILL MILLIONS OF DOLLARS HIDDEN OUT THERE IN COLOMBO & IN VAVUNIYA.
I HOPE THE GOVT WILL CATCH THOSE RESPONSIBLE THIEVES & USE THAT MONEY TO DEVELOP THE NORTH & EAST. THAT’S THE FAIR GO !!!!.
DAS / February 16, 2012
Where is this money – in secret underground bunkers?
You are like Alice lost in this sri lankan Wonderland.
Why dont you find out the whereabouts of the “millions” of LTTE money which KP brought with him – in return for which he is given a luxurious house to live in and a mythical job of a ‘childrens home’ to look after – and the large amount of gold captured from the LTTE custody?
Also ask about the 21 LTTE ships – one was shown in the media and the rest “vanished”!
banda / February 16, 2012
All the LTTE money are well protected by Blake; Obama; Clinton & US gang of international terorists as they are well spend on investments of their interest. What else do they cry for for Tamils ; don’t you get it ?
Do you know how much they donate to democtrats ?
Bima / March 11, 2012
As long as the state sponsored Genocide cuneinots in Sri Lanka, the Tamils have no other way than to fight against the ruthless Sri lankan government.MIA has been doing a wonderful job and the Tamil diaspora should always back her up.The International community should think deeply, before granting even a single penny to the terrorist nation Sri Lanka.
Dugee / February 15, 2012
wow wow!! ela ela,
Dayarathna - Kaluthara / February 15, 2012
Giving informations and getting US trips and bucks . a good deal Ranga!
banda / February 15, 2012
This same old Blake who spyed on each & every movement of SL Govt. & political leaders through any sort of informants ready to tranish it for money; now going in front of UN HR to request probe against SL. If the UN is impartial they should investigate USA for their interference; spying; intimidation of indipendent countries. Or MOON & UN just think US can do what ever they want to poor contries ? Where is US justice & democracy Blake ?
Kornelius John / February 16, 2012
You are forgetting that Rajapakse gang is working in Sri Lanka just like way USA is working in world, no? Srl Lanka citizens are being spyed, no? Peoples with independent thoughts is being intimidated, no? White vans is coming, no? Where is justice and democracy in Sri Lanka, Banda?
banda / February 16, 2012
You don’t get anything at all KJ; no ? Do you; no? Shame ; no ?
aditi / February 15, 2012
How do we know that every thing on wiki leaks is true. all things are based on “someone said” How does one knows that sri ranga is telling the truth. What if he has a grudge on Gotabaya?
banda / February 16, 2012
It does’t really matter the pnformation are true or not (most of them are NOT) But that’s what US wants to believe & what they pay big bucks for.You know some people became rich just by this way like Ranga did….
SHAN / February 15, 2012
WHEN MUSLIMS WERE ORDERED TO LEAVE NORTH BY OVERNIGHT BY RUTHLESS PRABHA, THEY LOST ALL OF THE BELONGINGS INCLUDING GOLD JEWELLERIES+CASH SAVINGS+ ALL THE BELONGINGS + GOODS ETC…….
WHAT THE TERRORIST PRABHA DID WAS TOOK ALL OF THE WEALTHS OF MUSLIMS FROM NORTH & INVESTED IN VARIOUS ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES IN VAVUNIYA & COLOMBO THRU POPULAR TAMIL BUSINESSMEN & STARTED MAKING BUSINESS OUT OF IT.
NOW THAT THE TERROR LEADER HAS GONE TO THE HELL, THOSE WHO ALREADY GOT THE WEALTH FROM THE LEADER STARTING TO ENJOY THE LUXURY LIFE.
HOPE THE GOVT WILL CATCH THOSE WHO RESPONSIBLE OF STEALING THE MONEY & WILL RETURN IT BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.
fernando / February 15, 2012
not only muslims shan, even sinhalese were chased out by the bloody terrorist prabakaran too and he stole everything from both muslims and sinhalese too.
DAS / February 16, 2012
The Leaders of the prevailing State Terrorism not only in the in the northeast but also in the south – running White Vans, causing disappearances, deaths in custody, torture in custody, arrests without reason etc.are in heaven in this birth, now, and have more than a luxurious life. Next birth, doubtful.
You should inform the names of these businessmen – OR, are you meaning Mr Ten Percent and his crowd?
banda / February 16, 2012
Das arn’t you one of those living out in luxury using stolen money or other people’s missey without shame ? Touch your heart & come forward with your consense if you really love SL or you can have your own ELLam in US or any other place LTTE money is invested.
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KUMA / February 16, 2012
raja kudu samagama is the worst political family in our sri lanakan history of politics.
DAS / February 18, 2012
Not at all, Banda. I served the people of sri lanka for forty years and am existing on my pension and investment income. I dont subscribe to “eelam”. I only want tamils to be able to live as absolute equals in every sense of the word,to all others. I want a just civilian – not military – government.
Tabrez / March 11, 2012
Singalese are the real ruthless trirorests in the world. Since 1948 they, under the cover of democracy, have murdered more than 200,000 innocent Tamils. Singalese have burnt thousands of houses of Tamils, destroyed hundreds of thousands of houses of Tamils, stolen several trillion dollars worth of Tamils properties.
beau / February 16, 2012
I don’t believe that GR would have authorized this ransom collection as alleged. He may be impatient and intolerant towards his adversaries, but he is not one to authorize tamil groups to take ransom from other tamils or from anyone else. It is not his style nor his character.
If Blake wrote this garbage, I think either he imagined these himself; he has been sending misinformation to Washington, simply to justify his existence and to pretend that he is doing a good spying job in Sri Lanka. On the other hand if Blake got this alleged story form this punk Sri Ranga, then it was most likely that the Ranga chap was feeding false information in order to curry favors from Blake and to support his high living.
Oh yes, Ranga, a man in the know, and close to Rajapakshas, then he must be feeding the right information. Blake would like to believe so. As long as information fits the reciepient’s imagination, then it MUST be right: that is the American way of thinking.
This is also a good lesson for Rajapakshas, for taking into bed these venomous snakes like Ranga from UNP, for their greediness to collect votes, to prove foolishly that the King is loved by everyone. The King collects carrion crows that place their bird droppings on his head. It is disgraceful to have such traitors as friends; with the likes of them who needs enemies.
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Jay / February 18, 2012
GOTA IS THE NUMBER ONE DRUG DEALER IN SRI LANKA.
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rufus / April 1, 2012
THIS REGIME IS STILL VIOLATING HUMAN RIGHTS. THE UN SHOULD IMPOSE SANCTIONS .
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