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Cablegate: Sri Lanka: Abducted Care International Local

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O 271159Z FEB 08
FM AMEMBASSY COLOMBO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 7759
INFO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 0742
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS PRIORITY
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON 4276
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI 1870
RUEHNY/AMEMBASSY OSLO 4280
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO 3376
RUEHCG/AMCONSUL CHENNAI 8359
RUEHON/AMCONSUL TORONTO 0554
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 2636
RHHMUNA/HQ USPACOM HONOLULU HI
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHINGTON DC
RHEHAAA/NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC
RUEHLMC/MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION

UNCLAS COLOMBO 000212

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/INS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL PTER PHUM MOPS CE
SUBJECT: SRI LANKA: ABDUCTED CARE INTERNATIONAL LOCAL
EMPLOYEE IS RELEASED

REF: COLOMBO 207

1. (SBU) Country Director for CARE International in Sri
Lanka Nick Osborne told Ambassador on February 27 that the
CARE employee abducted on February 25 (reftel) called
CARE-Colombo from an unidentified location in Kandy to report
that he was safe and on his way to the CARE office in Ampara.
The employee gave no details on how he got to Kandy, what
had happened to him, or how he was getting to Ampara, but
said he was alive and safe. Later that day, Osborne reported
that the employee got off a public bus in Ampara, was met by
local CARE staff, and taken to his home to be with his
family. The employee does not appear to have suffered
physical harm but has not spoken much. In consideration of
his recent ordeal, CARE has yet not sought to de-brief him.
Osborne expressed thanks for Embassy's assistance in this
incident, and promised to provide further details of exactly
what happened once they de-brief the employee.
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