Wiki Leaks has an assortment of documents under the category Sri Lanka. None of them are particularly shocking and is unlikely to get anyone killed. The most interesting one I spotted is the U.S. Congressional Research Office report on Sri Lanka (CRS: Sri Lanka: Background and U.S. Relations, January 22, 2008).
I didn’t read it completely (I’m lucky to get time to peck this). Just looked through the headings, ran a few word searches and read the most interesting sections I could find. Overall the document doesn’t contain any stunning new revelations (at least for the insignificant and politically irrelevant minority of blog reading Sri Lankans). However those willing to sniff through it will be able to pick up some interesting nuggets.
I found 2 interesting points.
- There’s only 1 mention of China. Surprising given the “concerns” most first world countries have about China’s out reach/influence on third world countries.
- The phrasing of Military to military relations and aid between the U.S and Sri Lanka verges on the hilarious:
“Bush Administration insists that U.S. military assistance to Sri Lanka does not support Colombo’s efforts to expand the country’s ethnic conflict, but rather is focused on bolstering the country’s ability to defend itself against terrorism.”
Yet Sri Lanka has granted
“grant blanket overflight and landing clearance to U.S. military aircraft, and routinely grants access to ports by U.S. vessels.”
Military info buff would find plenty of interesting fact – though most of them could be located in openly available sources such as U.S. Department of State Press Releases and White house announcements.
I have not read through the other the Sri Lanka related documents. Most seem to be larger south Asia focused texts that cover Sri Lanka. Quite a few relate to the Tsunami, and the UN’s many worries in the region. Lasantha Wickremetunge is mentioned along with a story he highlighted about a National ID card tender controversy. So is an accounting audit of the Living Church of God Sri Lanka, an organisation listed under Wikileak’s “Cults and religious organisations” context.
Overall it goes to show how irrelevant Sri Lanka is in the greater scheme of the planet – until it becomes otherwise.
Somewhere in that merge heap of bland details I’m sure there’s a interesting nugget or two. If you spot any please let me know.