Sri Lankan forces score massive intelligence victory against LTTE



Not only does the Sri Lankan government appear to be scoring a massive tactical victory in its 25-year military confrontation with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), it is also well on its way to smashing the LTTE’s intelligence infrastructure. Nearly the entire LTTE leadership, including the organization’s revered founder, Vellupillai Prabhakaran, has been physically exterminated during the government’s ongoing military offensive. What is more, Sri Lankan intelligence agents, in collaboration with INTERPOL, managed to arrest last week LTTE’s new leader, Selvarajah Pathmanathan, also known as “KP”. Interestingly, KP was arrested in an undisclosed country in Asia (some say he was hiding in Bangkok, Thailand), which points to a fair amount of Sri Lankan intelligence activity abroad. Just days week prior to KP’s arrest, the government of Sri Lanka had announced the arrest of LTTE’s intelligence commander, Paakyarasa Pradeep. This arrest, in association with that of KP and countless other senior LTTE officers, illustrate the unprecedented intelligence advances by government forces. They also foretell the almost certain demise of the LTTE as the primary institutional agent of Tamil separatism in Southeast Asia.

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