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WikiLeaks: Tiran Filmed “LTTE-Rajapaksa” Deal

“A UNP source told Pol Chief that Tiran Alles had executed an affidavit detailing Basil Rajapaksa, Jayasundera and Weeratunga’s involvement in the arrangements with Emil Kanthan, a prominent Tamil businessman and suspected LTTE intelligence officer, some time ago. Alles has deposited the original in a secure place accessible to his attorney. Further, Alles had recorded at least one of the meetings between Kanthan and Rajapaksa’s election team (Basil Rajapaksa, Jayasundera and Weeratunga ) with his mobile phone’s video camera. (Note: at least one of the meetings reportedly took place in Alles’ office.)” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington.

Rajapaksa, Mangala and Tiran

The Colombo Telegraph found the related leaked cable from the WikiLeaks database. The cable was written on June  14, 2007 by the US Ambassador to Colombo, Robert O. Blake.

The Ambassador wrote “According to the source, Alles also kept a copy of the video in a secure location. Several Embassy contacts report having seen at least parts of the video.”

“On June 13, Alles was released on one million rupees bail (roughly 90,000 U.S. dollars) under stringent conditions that include a weekly check-in with the TID. While Alles and his family members were in court for his bail hearing, his house was reportedly ransacked. The burglars seemed to pay special attention to Alles’ home office. Alles’ close friend, former Port Development Minister Sripathi Sooriyarachchi, was quoted in the Daily Mirror alleging that the video disk was taken. In addition to the video, Alles stated that one million rupees was taken from his house. Despite this, Sooriyarachchi added that Alles has “important things to disclose, which will be done in the near future,” implying that Alles may have other copies of the video. Blake further wrote.

Below we give the relevant part of the confidential cable;

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S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 03 COLOMBO 000844

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/INS
MCC FOR D NASSIRY AND E BURKE

E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/14/2017
TAGS: PGOV PREL PTER PHUM MOPS CE
REF: A. COLOMBO 788
     B. 2006 COLOMBO 1622
     C. COLOMBO 824

Classified By: Ambassador Robert O. Blake, Jr., for reasons 1.4(b,d).
3.  (S) A UNP source told Pol Chief that Tiran Alles had
executed an affidavit detailing Basil Rajapaksa, Jayasundera
and Weeratunga's involvement in the arrangements with Emil
Kanthan, a prominent Tamil businessman and suspected LTTE
intelligence officer, some time ago.  Alles has deposited the
original in a secure place accessible to his attorney.
Further, Alles had recorded at least one of the meetings
between Kanthan and Rajapaksa's election team (Basil
Rajapaksa, Jayasundera and Weeratunga ) with his mobile
phone's video camera.  (Note: at least one of the meetings
reportedly took place in Alles' office.)  According to the
source, Alles also kept a copy of the video in a secure
location.  Several Embassy contacts report having seen at
least parts of the video.

4.  (SBU)  On June 13, Alles was released on one million
rupees bail (roughly 90,000 U.S. dollars) under stringent
conditions that include a weekly check-in with the TID.
While Alles and his family members were in court for his bail
hearing, his house was reportedly ransacked.  The burglars
seemed to pay special attention to Alles' home office.
Alles' close friend, former Port Development Minister
Sripathi Sooriyarachchi, was quoted in the Daily Mirror
alleging that the video disk was taken.  In addition to the
video, Alles stated that one million rupees was taken from
his house.  Despite this, Sooriyarachchi added that Alles has
"important things to disclose, which will be done in the near
future," implying that Alles may have other copies of the

COLOMBO 00000844  002 OF 003

video.
BLAKE
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    Both GoSL and the LTTE are corrupt. That is the real problem the country faces now.

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      Have you got a solution in mind? The UNP?

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        Yes, the GENERAL !

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    @ Ameerali, Why not NOGs; CT published this; Sunanda Saga, States Of Denial And NGO Accountability
    http://colombotelegraph.com/2012/02/25/sunanda-saga-states-of-denial-and-ngo-accountability/
    AND this;
    How Sunanda Robbed Money And Rs 30.9 million Unaudited FMM
    http://colombotelegraph.com/2012/03/03/how-sunanda-robbed-money-and-rs-30-9-million-unaudited-fmm/

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    Rajapakse is a dangerous man to be “friends” with. Better to have a garden full of snakes.

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    Exactly, Tigers accepted bribe and went to hell .

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    Alles owns the Sunday Leader now.So will we see Mangala Samaraweera as a Presidential Candidate soon? By the way how is that Kusal Perera a very good writer is no more at the Sunday Leader. Informed sources say that despite all the trumpeting about media freedom the Sunday Leader will now have to tow the Samaraweera- Alles- Chandrika Kumaratunga line. This partnership can be torn to bits by reminders of how CBK and MS “ruled” the Media with party supporters and their voters hogging the best places in Government. Jail Birds and their brothers were employed as journalists without having a clue about what the profession was all about.
    I have not asked for much but I will give it all I have.

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      This is rubbish from Chetty, Zero Knowledge is dangerous. Talk what you know. Sunday Leader owned by Lal Wickremetunge and Alles has no involvement with the Leader publications. Kusul Perera was good writer yes, he was asked to stop writing, yes true. but it was an ethical issue. Contact Sunday Leader or Kusal Perera, kusal.perera@gmail.com . Then publish his version Chetty. Don’t use given freedom of expression to through mud.

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        You know it is difficult to write to some in hiding, someone who is a coward. If your name is on then I can reply.

        Kusal was sacked. Only the Sunday Leader has lost a better writer than they can ever have. “Someone” said that the Sunday Leader has been bought and sold many times. I accept that. Depends on who wants his scandal out of their pages.

        Now will you come clean and put your name out.
        I live in England and don’t have a white van at my disposal so do not be afraid.

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      Alles doesn’t own the Sunday leader Asanga Seneviratna does. Alles owns another newspaper.

      Asanga Seneviratne is the slimeball who has just been “appointed” (and I don’t mean elected) as the chairman of the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union, with a view to keeping “youknowwho” as captain of the national team for life !

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    What a load of rubbish PCC. At least comment on the substance of this article. I guess you can’t other than to deny it. What this means is that the wrong man got elected president eh? Bad for old Velu and serve the Tamil Ealamayas right for thinking a snake can be trusted while the honest politician who offered them a compromise was betrayed. This is one fabulous lesson in how not to do things from the Tamil point of view. This Wiki leak is priceless. It is the proverbial smoking gun. As for the associates of of Alles be for-warned the man is a double dealer.

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      Mark who-ever. I hope you know who your father is. If in doubt read what I have replied. I satnd by what I say. I have been in the business since 1966 so I don’t know what you grandmother sucked besides eggs.
      You ahev my full name. If you wants my address and telephone number ask me. I will give it to you. Will you do the same …. lamissi?

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        Peter Casie Chetty
        You appear immune from any editorial attention in this web publication. Apropos of your suggestion of the legitimacy (or birth) of some of those you don’t like, I don’t know who your real father was but, in the interest of explaining your conduct, perhaps some DNA testing might be indicated?

        Your reference to “white vans” says more than someone of very limited intelligence would be aware of: you sit in a part of the world where you can criticise the government etc. without any fear of termination with extreme prejudice and think it is funny that those who have the guts to criticise the politicians whose behinds you are closest to are at serious risk? And here I was thinking that man had evolved beyond invertebrate status! Silly me.

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        Is this the extent of your intellect…..to spew a barrage of derision?
        Can you not come out with sensible counter arguments rather than these juvenile, vituperative, nonsensical blurtings?
        And you claim to be a senior journalist?

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    what the hack…you [Edited out] idiots…now LTTE is gone…Rajapaksa sent them to hell with that money….that’s all!!!

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      Of course Velu went to hell with that money. Not only Velu entire Tamil struggle. Velu is an idiot.

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        Is that meen entire Tamilianes are LTTE?

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    Great stuff , Thanks. I think Alles black mailed MARA

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    සුදු ඇඳ නටති හෙලුවෙන්!

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    good work

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    Why Colombo Telegraph is editing the Content , what do they have to hide .

    For your reading pleasure I have given the unsanitzed version below .,

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    LTTE always used to hoodwink all gov officials and politicians and got their job done. In 2005, LTTE comfortably ran a de facto gov in North and East thanks UNP traitors. They had few things to sort out using the seas.
    If this is true, I’m so happy for MR team as this is the first time in the history someone hoodwinked the LTTE. Bravo!

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      EXACTLY. Even if this is in fact true, glad MR and team hodwinked Velu and LTTE! Now country is free of terrorists and we don’t see our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters getting killed in numbers in Colombo or anywhere!

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    In a strange way I am glad Ltte was bribed for not allowing Tamil Voters to excercise their Democratic right .
    Had they voted Ranil would have been the president for South and Prabha for North .Clearly Ranil would have given in to Western pressure .
    I admire the courage and the balancing act MR had to play during the immediate pre war era .
    Mr had the Best Chance in the history of Sri Lanka to make it , Truly a Miracle . Instead Mr has disappointed us immensely with the mismangement of the country .
    Mr President it is still not late for you to be remembered as a most righteous ruler ever to rule Sri Lanka. Who brought many Sri Lankans out of their poverty and misery .

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      Galbanis
      agree with you.

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      MR is a village idiot. SL cannot survive by itself; it needs the assistance of the West, not East. Only someone like Ranil can ensure SL has good relations with the West.

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        Go **** urself city boy !! xD

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        The west can barely look after itself right now, never mind assisting us.

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        Ranil went to the White House; MR could not even make it inside the Oxford Union.

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    If the Colombo telegraph is unwilling to publish insults then they must also be unwilling to publish comments made by people who do not want their identities revealed. I have my name published and therefore open myself to any criticism. I hope this site is not catering to cowards. I thik this is an impression I get now.

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    It is not really knon if Rajapakses did it(Bribe)in 2005,but the US definitely did it in 2012 in geneva!

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