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WikiLeaks: Gotabaya Downplayed His Involvement In Media Intimidation – Blake

By Colombo Telegraph

“Gotabaya downplayed his involvement in media intimidation, claiming that recent reports of his threatening the Daily Mirror Editor were inaccurate (ref A). He admitted that he did call her, but ‘only as a friend, and only out of concern for her safety’ after she wrote an article critical of Karuna. His intent, he said, was to warn her that if she continued to write negative things about Karuna, she would make an enemy of him. (In a subsequent meeting, the editor told Boucher that Gotabaya’s exchange with her was much more threatening than he implied.) Gotabaya added that because of the incident, the President has instructed him not to talk to the media in the future. He asserted that the Sri Lankan media is 100 percent anti-government and pro-opposition. Boucher warned that any appearance of threats against the media will earn Sri Lanka negative attention and that the Government should be careful about creating this perception.” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington.

A Leaked “CONFIDENTIAL” US diplomatic cable, dated May 15, 2007, recounts the details of a meeting the US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard Boucher has had with Secretary to the Ministry of Defence  Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Colombo on May 10, 2007. The Colombo Telegraph found the related leaked cable from the WikiLeaks database which is classified by the ambassador Robert O. Blake.

Related stories to this cable;

WikiLeaks: Mahinda Produced Upali Tennakoon To Justify His Claim

WikiLeaks: Gota Will Call And Threaten, Mahinda Will Then Follow Up By Saying Not To Worry – Lasantha Wickrematunge To US

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    The lack of balance and proportionality in the way that the Rajapakse regime functions is a clear sign of mental imbalance, the paranoid megalomania that murderous Gota the White Van goon and his greedy and uneducated brothers suffer from.
    If something bothers you kill it, crush it, destroy it! Or white van it! That is the motto of the uneducated family of goons that has captured power by stealing and thuggery, and has lost its grip on reality and is inebriated with BOTH fear and power. They fear a war crimes trial and being lynched by the people of Lanka who know the truth of their dirty deeds.
    Thus, since the Divi Neguama bill which is a fundamental violation of the principles and practice of poverty alleviation all over the world due to the violation of the Right to Information, whereby beneficiaries of govt. cash or kind transfers should be identified through transparent community consultations and the names made available in the village and district officers so that we all know that it is those who need it that are benefiting, has been stalled by the courts they want to destroy the provincial council system! The Rajapakse regime displays the spoiled child mentality when it cannot have it own way – a classic sign of DICTATORSHIP. Time for the People of Lanka to join hands for REGIME CHANGE!

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    Who is next ?

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    I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THIS IN VERSE;

    “A CROOKED LITTLE TALE “
    (with apologies to mother goose)

    THERE WAS A CROOKED MAN WHO DEVISED A CROOKED PLAN
    WITH HIS CROOKED BROTHERS AND HIS THREE CROOKED SONS
    THEY WORKED THE CROOKED PLAN THAT LEFT A CROOKED TRAIL
    AND HE FOUND MORE CROOKED MEN IN A STRIFE DIVIDED LAND

    AND SO THIS CROOKED CROWD THEY HELD A CROOKED POLL
    AND FURTHER CROOKED CRONIES JOINED THIS CROOKED GROUP
    THEY BUILT A CROOKED PORT AND A CROOKED CRICKET GROUNDS
    WHERE LOTS OF CROOKED CHAPS MADE MINTS OF CROOKED CASH

    THEY ALLOTTED CROOKED MEN TO EVERY CROOKED POST
    AND BOUGHT SOME CROOKED OPPOSITION PAYING CROOKED CASH
    THEY SPOKE WITH CROOKED TONGUES AND RELATED CROOKED TALES
    AND THEY ALL THRIVED TOGETHER IN THAT CROOKED HOUSE OF FAME

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      Ha haa…Sonia, this is epic. :)

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      Bravo Sonia. Crooks all Rejoice for now . The day of reckoning cannot be too far away.Here comes the 13th amendment fly in the ointment?.Guys like Thissa Vitharne the fraudulent Sama Samaja APRC eye wash authors are now stuck in no mans land.

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    U all are angry as THEY LIBERATED SRI LANKA FROM THE RUTHLESS,TERRORIST MURDERERS-LTTE!
    Pl go before the mirror and ask the question,AM I CORRECT???

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    Jay Ranaweera, You are correct regarding liberation of SL from LTTF in 2009. But Sonia is correct in respect of all other things in SL under the present regime.

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    What is the real truth? Are the public happy?

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    Sri Lanka once again returning back to the stone age with lot of barbarians.Unfortunately Lord Buddha is not alive to see the state of his teaching in Sri Lanka under the control of Mahindha and Co.

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    To the Editor Colombo Telegraph. This to inform you that I cannot get to your News Story re the Kariyawasam Case, as Iam told that it is beeing hacked by the Syarian Defense force. Iam writing to you because this is a clear case of media intimidation

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      what the hell are you saying

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    Sonia, you are hilarious and quite right.

    Jay – you are living in a fools paradise, ok the war was won, from there onwards we must move on, is there peace and democracy for all citizens to live in peace with freedom of expression and freedom of the press, with all the curbs and gagging you are living in cukoo land of idiots, plunderers, torturers.

    Wake up and see the reality around you and the freedom of right to know what the goons are doing with public money

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    Who actually won the war? Who spear headed the victory? Who was targeted and bombed by the enemy? Did the credit go to the commanders and the soldiers who won the victory? The present claimants of the victory who are enjoying all the spoils of war, do they deserve the credit and the ill gotten spoils? Why don’t the intelligent people of this country give credit to rightfully due persons? Is there a fear psychosis in the country that prevents people from giving credit to where it is rightfully due? Truth prevails in the end.

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      Without Political leadership ??????? Ex. Those workers (house owerner doesnt hv knowledge to build a house but he wants to do it) build ur house with with your guidence n money, it’ll belongs to you or that workers?

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        If the house has been built by ill gotten wealth, certainly the house can not belong to the so called owner, like how the uncle became a very successful Businessman after ’77, who defied paying ransom to Lasantha Wickrematunge, but none knows what the story regarding the Uncle is? Like the present day crooked, there were many crooked who became wealthy after ’77 and today they are all with the present regime. Birds of a feather.

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          Hay man. Ur mentality is full with Ranil’s Gay Political Theory. Im also successfull bussinessman as wel my uncle. most of bussiness in Maldives n Malasia. But i didnt take any benafits from this government. But i can see the reality in Sri lanka.What else do u want to knw? I’ll get permission to tell the Uncle’s story because LW is in the Hell now. If u want the whole story I’ll publish her later. Be carefull Ranil is seeking a man like u to take journey to Sigapore next month. Take Insurance cover to mouth protection n Ass protection.

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          Zaheer Musamil, why are you draging RW to an issue where I have never touched on him on the above comment. You seem paranoid the moment I ask what your uncle’s story is? You go in to tantrums and goes at a tandum about RW going to Singapore next month asking me to take Insurance Cover for mouth and arse, I presume, as you have stated ass may be because you are one. Is that how you and your uncle made the money in Malaysia and Maldives? Not a bad business although your words from your mouth sounds a little sore. When you get permission from your uncle, when he has nothing in his mouth, please do let us know his success story. Not a bad combination Uncle and Nephew Combine. No wonder you did not get any benifit from this country or from MR as he is not that way inclined yet. Good luck for you and your Uncle’s business.

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        Gamini, please just ignore – Zaheer musamil should be that low to leave this kind of comments – though they are blindly believing in Allah.

        How can a man if he says have got business can leave comments. Why CT at all allows this kind of uncivlized to add their comments is really a problem.

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          Yes I believe. That’s my life..

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        Was NOT a political victory, but military,
        was not family money, state money & loans.

        Without military protection, no politics,
        Premadasa, Dissanayaka, Athulathmudali, CBK, Wijeratne, Rajiv Gandi

        Post 911 politics even Mervin can.
        PNM: JVP, JHU the real political backbone, Mahinda (SLFP) gets the credit.

        Not house building, but Tiger fighting.
        Not words, but bullets.

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