360_tamilselvan_1102Geocoordinate information provided by a former bodyguard of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran (VP) contributed to an accurate Sri Lankan military bombing raid that killed LTTE political spokesman S.P. Thamilchelvan and other LTTE leaders on 2 November 2007, a WikiLeaks document has revealed.The document contains information from a classified report of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), one of the principal intelligence-gathering agencies of the United States.The CIA report notes that the LTTE became one of the world’s most ruthless and resourceful ethnonationalist insurgent movements, fighting the Sri Lankan Government to a stalemate that led to a cease-fire in 2002. It said that the LTTE used the lapse in fighting to rearm and train, resuming hostilities in mid-2004. In response, the government had stepped up efforts to target top LTTE leadership.

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“The Sri Lankan Air Force, in November 2007 and January 2008, used antibunker bombs to target Prabhakaran and other top LTTE leaders, according to a clandestine source claiming firsthand access. Geocoordinate information provided by a former bodyguard of Prabhakaran’s contributed to an accurate Sri Lankan military bombing raid that killed LTTE political spokesman S.P. Tamilchelvan and other LTTE leaders on 2 November 2007, according to a clandestine source with whom a relationship was just beginning. The Sri Lankan Government claimed to have killed Prabhakaran and most of the LTTE’s senior leadership in conventional military operations in April and May 2009, according to a US military report and a Western press report,” the leaked CIA report said.

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According to WikiLeaks, the secret CIA document assessed high-value targeting (HVT) programs world-wide for their impact on insurgencies. The document is classified SECRET//NOFORN (no foreign nationals) and is for internal use to review the positive and negative implications of targeted assassinations on these groups for the strength of the group post the attack.

The document assesses attacks on insurgent groups by the United States and other countries within Afghanistan, Algeria, Colombia, Iraq, Israel, Peru, Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka, Chechnya, Libya, Pakistan and Thailand. The document, which is “pro-assassination”, was completed in July 2009 and coincides with the first year of the Obama administration and Leon Panetta’s directorship of the CIA during which the United States very significantly increased its CIA assassination program at the expense of capture operations. It produces a chart for US officials to use in strategically assessing future operations and methods in HVT assassinations. (Colombo Gazette)