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WikiLeaks: GSL Report On LTTE’s Buying Weapons Of Mass Destruction (Red Mercury) Has Been Assessed To Be A Scam – US

By Colombo Telegraph –

Red Mercury

“However, it should be noted that there have been illicit trafficking cases where documentation citing Red Mercury has accompanied authentic nuclear material. So although the Sri Lankan report has been assessed to be a scam, all reports of nuclear smuggling should be thoroughly investigated in order to rule out the existence of any material that could be a threat. Embassy should ask Sri Lanka to continue to share similar reports in the future.” a US State Department cable says.

The Colombo Telegraph found the related US diplomatic cable from the Secretary of State section of the WikiLeaks database. The cable was classified as “SECRET” signed on August 15, 2006.

The US State Department  wrote “Ref reported on a document the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister passed to the U.S. Charge reporting that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had made an attempt (in 2002) to procure “Red Mercury,” a chemical claimed to be used to manufacture weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The document also identifies a U.S. chemical company in California as the possible manufacturer of this chemical. The Foreign Minister said his government is extremely concerned by the report and asked that the United States provide “technical assistance” in dealing with the report.”

“Red Mercury is a well-known scam material, frequently purported to be important in the manufacture of nuclear weapons but having no applications in the manufacture of weapons of mass destruction, conventional explosives, or any weapons system despite the claims about its alleged properties. It has been utilized by con- artists throughout the world in scams targeting terrorist organizations and rogue states desiring WMD capabilities. Although numerous reports from U.S. and Russian experts have stated that the existence of Red Mercury is a hoax, contradictory comments from other Russian scientists and various inflammatory television shows and books have helped perpetuate the myth, and Red Mercury continues to be sought by ignorant entities seeking to acquire WMD.” the US State Department further wrote.

Under the paragraph 2, the State Department wrote “ In response to request in paragraph 3 of Ref, Embassy Colombo may advise Sri Lanka that Washington has no credible information that “Red Mercury” is a WMD threat and is unable to identify or locate the U.S. chemical company specified in the Sri Lankan report. Given these factors, we deem the sources cited in the document not to be credible and believe that there is nothing to be concerned about in regard to this report.”

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Read the cable below for further details;

P 152303Z AUG 06
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY COLOMBO PRIORITY
S E C R E T STATE 134206 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/31/2016
TAGS: PTER MCAP PARM CW KNNP CE
SUBJECT: Allegations of LTTE Chemical Weapons Capability 

REF: COLOMBO 1241 

Classified By: ISN/CB Office Director Robert Mikulak,
reasons: 1.4 (B) and (D). 

1. (U) Background. 

A. (S) Ref reported on a document the Sri Lankan Foreign
Minister passed to the U.S. Charge reporting that the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had made an attempt
(in 2002) to procure "Red Mercury," a chemical claimed to
be used to manufacture weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
The document also identifies a U.S. chemical company in
California as the possible manufacturer of this chemical.
The Foreign Minister said his government is extremely
concerned by the report and asked that the United States
provide "technical assistance" in dealing with the report. 

B. (U) Red Mercury is a well-known scam material,
frequently purported to be important in the manufacture of
nuclear weapons but having no applications in the
manufacture of weapons of mass destruction, conventional
explosives, or any weapons system despite the claims about
its alleged properties. It has been utilized by con-
artists throughout the world in scams targeting terrorist
organizations and rogue states desiring WMD capabilities.
Although numerous reports from U.S. and Russian experts
have stated that the existence of Red Mercury is a hoax,
contradictory comments from other Russian scientists and
various inflammatory television shows and books have helped
perpetuate the myth, and Red Mercury continues to be sought
by ignorant entities seeking to acquire WMD. 

2.  (S-Rel Sri Lanka) In response to request in paragraph 3
of Ref, Embassy Colombo may advise Sri Lanka that
Washington has no credible information that "Red Mercury"
is a WMD threat and is unable to identify or locate the
U.S. chemical company specified in the Sri Lankan report.
Given these factors, we deem the sources cited in the
document not to be credible and believe that there is
nothing to be concerned about in regard to this report. 

3. (S-Rel Sri Lanka) However, it should be noted that
there have been illicit trafficking cases where
documentation citing Red Mercury has accompanied authentic
nuclear material. So although the Sri Lankan report has
been assessed to be a scam, all reports of nuclear
smuggling should be thoroughly investigated in order to
rule out the existence of any material that could be a
threat. Embassy should ask Sri Lanka to continue to share
similar reports in the future. 

RICE
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    With reservation on these exposures of the very Architects of sowing seeds of violence the world over, in a discreet manner, the MR regiem as having accused RW of entering into agreements with VP of the LTTE before the Presidential Election in 2005, there is ample evidence surfacing of his own involvement of entering in to agreements with VP of the LTTE. Now MR appears to have cast aspersions on the LTTE acquiring weapons of mass destruction and yet again with the evidence unfolding of the UN Rep of the demining Team in the North of the discovery of Cluster Bombs, points to the factor that infact it is the MR govt. that had purchased weapons of mass destruction.

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