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WikiLeaks: Rajapaksas Are Keen On Eliminating Or Neutralizing Fonseka

By Colombo Telegraph –

“We do not know how much of the story about Department of Homeland Security’s request to interview Fonseka is real and how much may have been fabricated by Fonseka himself to score points against the Rajapaksas.” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington.

“We do not know how much of the story about Department of Homeland Security’s request to interview Fonseka is real and how much may have been fabricated by Fonseka himself to score points against the Rajapaksas.”

The Colombo Telegraph found the relevant leaked cable from the WikiLeak database. The cable recounts details of a meeting the US Ambassador has had with the Foreign Minister Bogollagama on November 2, 2009. The cable is classified as “CONFIDENTIAL” by the Deputy Chief of Mission Valerie C. Fowler.

The US Ambassador Butenis wrote “Whatever the reality, the prospect of U.S. officials questioning Fonseka regarding Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s actions during the conflict clearly is of great concern in Colombo and put the leadership in a tight spot. While the Rajapaksas are keen on eliminating or neutralizing Fonseka as a potential presidential candidate, who could split the Singhalese vote, they do not have an interest in him being pressured as a war crime accomplice, who might be willing to provide testimony against the Rajapaksas. They would like to see Fonseka go quietly into retirement as a war hero who time has passed, but the general appears to have other plans.”

“Bogollagama said what concerned the GSL were reports that a DHS lawyer had allegedly told Fonseka that the purpose of the interview was to gather information about the possible involvement in war crimes of SL Defense Secretary and president’s brother and U.S. citizen Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Bogollagama said any questioning of Fonseka about SL ‘official’ information would be frowned upon by the GSL and ‘could seriously impact our relationship.’” she further wrote.

To read related news link to this cable click here

Related news link to Fonseka’s DHS interview – WikiLeaks: Fonseka tried to shift blame on war crime to Gota

Read the cable below for further details;

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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 0714
INFO RUCNMEM/EU MEMBER STATES COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
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RHEFDIA/DIA WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA PRIORITY 3806
RHHMUNA/HQ USPACOM HONOLULU HI PRIORITY
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS PRIORITY
RHEHAAA/NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 03 COLOMBO 001006

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/INSB

E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/02/2019
TAGS: PGOV PREL PREF PHUM PTER EAID MOPS CE
SUBJECT: MFA CALLS IN AMBASSADOR OVER DHS QUESTIONING OF
CHOD FONSEKA

COLOMBO 00001006  001.2 OF 003

Classified By: DEPUTY CHIEF OF MISSION VALERIE C. FOWLER.  REASONS 1.4
(B) AND (D).

1. (C) On November 2, Foreign Minister Bogollagama called in
Ambassador regarding reports that the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security had requested that Sri Lankan Chief of
Defense (CHOD) Sarath Fonseka come in for a "voluntary"
interview with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
office in Oklahoma City on November 4.  (NOTE: Fonseka is a
Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) in the United States and has
family and property in Oklahoma.  He currently is in the U.S.
visiting family and re-establishing his LPR status.  END
NOTE.)  Bogollagama said the interview was a matter of
"urgency and relevance" to the government of Sri Lanka (GSL)
and asked for information to "help us understand and
formulate a proper reaction."
2. (C) Ambassador recounted recent developments regarding
Fonseka, including cancellation of his invitation to attend
the recent Chiefs of Defense conference in Hawaii due to U.S.
concerns about his involvement in human-rights violations
during the conflict with the LTTE.  She also explained that
as a green-card holder, Fonseka was required by U.S. law to
confirm his status as an LPR.  But as regards the DHS request
to see Fonseka on November 4, Ambassador said she did not
know the specific reason for the invitation.

3. (C) Bogollagama said what concerned the GSL were reports
that a DHS lawyer had allegedly told Fonseka that the purpose
of the interview was to gather information about the possible
involvement in war crimes of SL Defense Secretary (and
president's brother and U.S. citizen) Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
He said the GSL was very concerned about using Fonseka as a
source for "prying" into the actions of the government in Sri
Lanka and was seeking "immediate action" to prevent anything
further from happening on November 4.  He claimed that their
sources (presumably the law firm Patton Boggs, which embassy
understands has been hired to represent the GSL) told them
that DHS had investigated war crimes in the past.
Bogollagama said any questioning of Fonseka about SL
"official" information would be frowned upon by the GSL and
"could seriously impact our relationship."

4. (C) Bogollagama passed to Ambassador an Aide Memoire,
which noted that allegations against the defense secretary
affected the vital interests of the GSL and had already
occupied considerable time and attention of both governments
at the highest levels.  It noted that the SL president had
formed a panel to consider the matters raised in the U.S.
Report to Congress on Incidents During the Recent Conflict in
Sri Lanka and claimed that any information Fonseka had gained
in performance of his official duties had the status of
"privileged information."  It closed with a request to the
U.S. State Department to inform DHS that "there is every
reason for the interview proposed for the 4th November 2009,
to not take place," and noted the GSL's view that DHS "should
forthwith desist from any endeavor in this direction."
(NOTE: The full text of the Aide Memoire is reproduced in
para 6 below.  END NOTE.)

COMMENT
-------

5. (C) We do not know how much of the story about DHS's
request to interview Fonseka is real and how much may have
been fabricated by Fonseka himself to score points against
the Rajapaksas.  Whatever the reality, the prospect of U.S.
officials questioning Fonseka regarding Gotabhaya Rajapaksa's
actions during the conflict clearly is of great concern in
Colombo and puts the leadership in a tight spot.  While the
Rajapaksas are keen on eliminating or neutralizing Fonseka as

COLOMBO 00001006  002.2 OF 003

a potential presidential candidate, who could split the
Singhalese vote, they do not have an interest in him being
pressured as a war crimes accomplice, who might be willing to
provide testimony against the Rajapaksas.  They would like to
see Fonseka go quietly into retirement as a war hero who time
has passed, but the general appears to have other plans.  END
COMMENT.

6. (SBU) BEGIN TEXT OF AIDE MEMOIRE (grammatical and other
irregularities are preserved from the original):

The assistance of the US State Department is sought
concerning an unwelcome intervention by the US Department of
Homeland Security (DHS), in a matter of grave concern, that
has the potential to complicate the existing dialogue between
the friendly Governments of Sri Lanka and of the United
States.

The Government of Sri Lanka is informed that Sri Lanka's
Chief of Defence Staff General Sarath Fonseka who at present
is in the United States, has received a letter calling him
for an interview with the DHS Immigration and Customs
Enforcement on Wednesday, November 04, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. in
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

In addition, on the 28th of October, General Fonseka had
received a telephone call from a DHS Attorney to the effect
that the intention behind the request for the interview is to
use him "as a source against human rights violations done by
Secretary/Defence".  It had been clarified during the
telephone conversation that the reference to
"Secretary/Defence" relates to Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the
Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, Public Security, Law
and Order of Sri Lanka.

It is pertinent to recall in this regard that Mr. Gotabaya
Rajapaksa's duties as Secretary of that Ministry required his
dealing with a situation of a grave onslaught that threatened
the integrity of Sri Lanka and which was launched by the
LTTE, an organization proscribed by several countries
including the United States, for its terrorist activities.
The allegations therefore leveled against the Sri Lankan
Defence Secretary affect the vital interests of the
Government of Sri Lanka and have occupied considerable time
and attention of the respective Governments, at the highest
levels.  In fact, the US Ambassador in Colombo has already
been briefed of the decision taken by the President of Sri
Lanka to appoint a Panel to consider the matters raised in
the US Department of State 2009 Report to Congress on
Incidents During the Recent Conflict in Sri Lanka.  This
decision by the President stems from Sri Lanka's unbroken
commitment as a democratic nation to the Rule of Law, under
which allegations are first assessed as to whether they
possess any substance meriting further inquiry.

The Chief of Defence Staff is a high level position within
the Sri Lanka Government.  General Fonseka is on an official
visit on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka.  He traveled
to the United States on a diplomatic passport for prearranged
appointments with senior personalities of the State
Department and other US Government Agencies.  Moreover,
whatever General Fonseka may have become aware of during his
service with the Government of Sri Lanka and in the course of
his duties, has the status of privileged information.  He has
no authority to divulge or share this information with third
parties, without the prior approval and consent of the Sri
Lanka authorities.

Given the above, it is hereby requested for the US State
Department to inform the Department of Homeland Security that

COLOMBO 00001006  003.2 OF 003

there is every reason for the interview proposed for 4th
November 2009, to not take place.  The Government of Sri
Lanka is of the view that the Department of Homeland Security
should forthwith desist from any endeavor in this direction.

Colombo
2nd November 2009

END TEXT OF AIDE MEMOIRE
BUTENIS
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    This man is a sick fellow,He fancied himself as a combination of Hannibal, Alexander, Julius Caesar, Napoleon and Rommel. In Sarath Fonseka’s self-perception he was Sri Lanka’s greatest military treasure and all glory was due to him alone. It was the “I, me., myself alone” syndrome. that is why all these are happening to him.

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      more you write more raw garbage you spew.

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    It was at Gotabhaya’s behest that Sarath Fonseka was made Army Chief. He was scheduled to retire as he would have reached the mandatory age 55 on December 6, 2005. But Gotabhaya persuaded his brother to make Sarath Army Chief because Fonseka was the best man to lead the army at that point of time. There was also Fonseka’s colossal arrogance. so SF was manipulating things, see what the US Ambassador says “We do not know how much of the story about Department of Homeland Security’s request to interview Fonseka is real and how much may have been fabricated by Fonseka himself to score points against the Rajapaksas”.shame on you Fonseka.

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    What ever it is , time has come either to eliminate Fonseka from the face of earth or Release him and Get rid of his citizenry right to politics. Otherwise, send him and his wife away to their children, so world will know that we are not barbarians as Diasporas portraying us. But, Keeping him in Jails prove that those of who fabricating and assassinating his character are carpet Beggars.

    So, If you are thirsty for his blood. Kill him, wrap it in the so called white flag, and get rid of him. But, for the same of mother lanka, stop poking your finger to the wound as it is getting better.

    Suddenly, why is so important wiki leak or wiki lick. What is important is that arrogant, or not, Gen. Fonseka let our Army to victory against the Vicious Guerrilla Fighters in the world.

    Because I am one and seeing and knowing how my kind is, I know Sinhalese and specially Sinhalese, (no I do not spell singalese) I know we are good at forgetting things fast.

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    General Fonseka won the Presidential Election which was rigged by the MR cronies to declare him the winner. How can he let the winning candidate live free? The way the General was arrested after the elections and the use of Kangaroo Courts to sentence him alone is ample proof. Sri Lanka is heading towards a dangerous family dictatorship. General Fonseka is a threat to MR & Co. Something should happen sooner not later to save our mother land.

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      What a loser. Fonseka lost the whole world knows it. If the election was “rigged” (how exactly?) why didn’t Fonseka mention it in his petition to the Supreme Court?? He mentioned lots of other pointless waffle which he was more guilty of than anyone else but omitted anything about election rigging.

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    Man is a liar and traitor with a giant ego. He has no honour or integrity. That is his flaw. He sacrificed the nation and the Army (bringin increbily damage to this illustrious institution that up to the point he opened his filthy mouth was respected the world over) because of his personality flaws: arrogance, ego and lust for power and wealth. What he gets he deserves. This is what happens to a man who has no ethics or morals but his ego gets a giant boost thanks to stealing the credit of the actions of others

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    Man is a liar and traitor with a giant ego. He has no honour or integrity. That is his flaw. He sacrificed the nation and the Army (bringing incredible damage to this illustrious institution that up to the point he opened his filthy mouth was respected the world over) because of his personality flaws: arrogance, ego and lust for power and wealth. What he gets he deserves.

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    MR is scared of SF, no one but SF as he is the true president of the people. This is the truth, nothing but the truth, the holy truth which is bitter to MR and his boot lickers. If they claim MR & co is patriot then Mervin (the vermin), Duminda Silva, etc, etc are too patriots…make a judgement, my fellow countrymen…ask yourself…

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