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Monday December 13, 2010
By ISABELLE LAI email@example.com
PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has become the latest personality to be embroiled in the WikiLeaks cable controversy when a leaked diplomatic cable showed that his sodomy II charges and trials were discussed between the Australian and Singaporean intelligence agencies.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported yesterday that the cable, dated November 2008, revealed that Singaporean intelligence officials told their Australian counterparts that based on their “technical intelligence” Anwar had indeed been guilty of the conduct he was accused of.
The cable also stated that Australia’s Office of National Assessments had concluded, with the agreement of Singaporean officials, that “it was a set-up job and he (Anwar) probably knew that, but walked into it anyway.”
However, the Opposition leader refuted the allegations via his Twitter account yesterday, saying “Source? Polis SB Msia. Bukti tak ada (Who is the source? Malaysian police special branch. There’s no proof).”
MCA central committee member Datuk Ti Lian Ker tweeted: “It was a set-up, it seems but the target couldn’t resist the bait, thus...”
He later posted another tweet in the form of Japanese gogyohka poetry which read: “It was a trap/it seems/but the target/could not resist/the bait.”
PKR communications director Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, in a statement, accused Singapore of “deliberately spreading disinformation to an Australian intelligence agency, the Office of National Assessments.”
“The WikiLeaks disclosure of the sodomy charges against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim fabricated by the Malaysian Special Branch is a serious matter as this is the surest sign yet that the persecution stems from a conspiracy at the highest level,” he said, adding that the public should question why Singaporean intelligence chose to “collude” with Malaysian Special Branch police.
WikiLeaks had earlier made stunning revelations when it released 250,000 secret American diplomatic cables on its site last month.
The cables revealed a glimpse of the inner workings of US diplomacy and also included extremely candid assessments about various world leaders.
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