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WikiLeaks: Rajapaksa Travels With A Teleprompt Operator

By Colombo Telegraph –

An unclassified US diplomatic cable dated September 13, 2007 shows the President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa has travelled to US with a Teleprompt Operator. The Colombo Telegraph found the related leaked cable from the WikiLeaks database and the cable is signed by the US Ambassador to Colombo Robert Blake.

Rajapaksa and a Teleprompter / File Photo

Read the cable below for further information;

VZCZCXYZ0012
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHLM #1273 2561207
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 131207Z SEP 07
FM AMEMBASSY COLOMBO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6811
INFO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK IMMEDIATE 0619
RHEHAAA/NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA PRIORITY 2322
UNCLAS COLOMBO 001273 

SIPDIS 

SIPDIS 

STATE FOR IO/PPC (BATLLE) AND SCA/RA (PFLEIDERER, MICALLER)
USUN FOR MCBRIDE
NSC FOR MCDONALD 

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL ITRA OVIP UNGA CE
SUBJECT: SRI LANKA: OFFICIAL DELEGATION LIST FOR 62ND UNGA 

REF: A) STATE 101170 B) COLOMBO 1077 

1.  (SBU) Embassy Colombo has received by diplomatic note the
following list (para 2) of the official delegation and media
members who are scheduled to visit the USA accompanying H.E.
the President of Sri Lanka for the 62nd United Nations
General Assembly. 

2.  (SBU) (begin list) 

Composition of Delegation for the Official Visit of H.E. the
President to UN General Assembly in New York 23 to 26 August
2007: 

H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa, President
Madam Shiranthi Rajapaksa, First Lady 

Honorable Ministers:
Honorable Rohitha Bogollagama ) Minister of Foreign Affairs
Honorable Douglas Devananda, Minister of Social Services and
Social Welfare
Honorable Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Mass Media
and Information
Honorable Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Environment
Honorable T. B. Ekanayake, Minister of Highways 

Officers from Presidential Secretariat:
Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the President
Mr. Sajin Vass Gunawardena, Coordinating Secretary to the
President 

Officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
Dr. Palitha T. B. Kohona, Secretary, Ministry of Foreign
Affairs
Mr. M. M. Jaffeer, Chief of Protocol
Mr. Gihan Indraguptha, Assistant Chief of Protocol 

Medical Staff:
Dr. S. D. Jayaratne
Dr. Asela Wijeratna (Army) 

Security Staff: Advance Security
Police:
Mr. S. M. Wickramasinghe, DIG
Mr. S. A. R. P. Jayathilake, ASP 

Army:
Brigadier K. J. Alwis, Military Security Coordinator 

H.E. the President's Security:
Major S.W. M. Fernando
Major U. A. A. P. Ubeysiriwardena
Lieutenant Y. M. L. Abeyrathna
Lance Corporal K. B. Rohana Bandara
Lance Corporal H. P. S. Sisira Bandara
Lance Corporal M. L. Wijepala 

Food Taster: PC Amarasinghe Saman Udaya Kumara 

Personal Aide: Mr. E. W. Kamal Wasantha 

Media Personnel:
Mr. Newton Gunaratne, Director - Electronic Media
Mr. Lucien Rajakarunanayake, Director - Media
Mr. Sudath Silva, Chief Official Photographer
Mr. Sugath Sri Lanka Dias, News Cameraman ) SLRC
Mr. Chaminda Gunaratne, News Producer ) SLRC
Mr. Sumudu Ranjith, Teleprompt Operator
Mr. A.H. M. Azwar, Advisor to the President
Mr. Sisira Kothalawala, DG Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation
Mr. Pramod De Silva, Editor ) Daily News
Mr. Aruna Balasuriya, Journalist ) Divaina
Mr. T. D. K. Jayantha, Journalist ) SLBC
Mr. Buddhika Eanjeewa, Producer ) Swarnawahini
Mr. Asoka Lal Sigers, Cameraman ) Government Film Unit
BLAKE
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    such a sad state.. when some one takes side to mud sling at another for politcs.. there are fools like u lot who just cant keep the trap shut and jump it to it head over heels.

    We should be proud that he can talk say 90% english and use teleprompt.

    can chinese prsident talk even that..so are many world leaders.

    Coming from village and challanging colombo educated ranil is just a nother victory.

    we should not be shamed if we cant speak a secomd lang.i am sure those of you can not speak or write your mother tounge 100%

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