By Colombo Telegraph –
“We are losing credibility on terrorism financing issues with the GSL, which takes our GWOT-related financial concerns very seriously. As we suggested a year ago, there needs to be an interagency USG look into possible LTTE fundraising in the US. A review of TRO/USA records and procedures might be the place to start. We realize there may be USG investigative efforts underway of which Embassy Colombo is not aware. If that is the case, perhaps the Department could forward a summary of USG efforts to date. Moreover, we would appreciate information on where to send suspected US-hosted Tiger-related website information for further investigation as well.” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington.
The Colombo Telegraph found the related classified diplomatic cable from WikiLeaks database, which details LTTE fundraising activities. The “Confidential” cable is classified by then ECONCHIEF US Embassy Colombo Dean R. Thompson on December 19, 2005.
The Embassy Colombo wrote “In the wake of reports of increased LTTE fundraising activities in Canada, France, UK and Australia, local papers have been reporting increased law enforcement activity, particularly in Australia, against such fundraising. The fundraising is sometimes via legal entities, such as the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO), which has 501(c)(3) status in the US, as well as comparable status in other countries. In the last twelve months, we have received confirmation from the UK that they have withdrawn charity status for the TRO (though it was reconstituted under a different name) and that Australia has actively sought to interdict illegal fundraising activities. The Bank of Tamil Eelam (the LTTE’s banking structure) continues to expand in Tiger held areas and appears to provide an effective mechanism through which the LTTE can operate its financial activities. Moreover, at least one LTTE financial website appears to be based in the US. As Post first proposed a year ago (reftel), it is time for a serious, coordinated interagency investigation of possible LTTE fundraising in the US. We are losing credibility on this issue with the GSL.”
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