Cablegate: Results of Colombo Ltte Threat Letter Investigation
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.
091112Z Jan 04
UNCLAS COLOMBO 000045
DS FOR DS/ICI/PII, DS/DSS/ITA, AND DS/IP/SA
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC CE PTER
SUBJECT: RESULTS OF COLOMBO LTTE THREAT LETTER INVESTIGATION
REF: COLOMBO 00025
1. (SBU) Summary - REFTEL reported the text of a letter sent
to Embassy Colombo claiming a LTTE terrorist plot in the U.S.
RSO investigation indicates the threat information contained
in the letter is most likely false. The letter appears to be
the work of a jealous lover. End Summary.
2. (SBU) Details - On January 8, RSO/FSNI used the return
address provided in the threat letter to locate the alleged
sender, Anton MOSES. MOSES was interviewed and, though he
denied writing the letter, demonstrated obvious signs of
nervousness and indications that he knew the contents of the
letter. MOSES admitted to having an affair with the Subject
of the letter, Dushiyanthini KANAGASABAPATHIPILLAI (AKA
Dushi), for a number of years and stated he still suffers
from the trauma of breaking up with her. Even though he
denied writing the letter, MOSES could suggest no other name
of a person who might have written it or had such personal
details as phone numbers for Dushi while she was in the U.S.
3. (SBU) Also on January 8, the RSO counterpart at the
British High Commission in Colombo checked and confirmed that
Dushi was a known employee of the BBC. Francis Harrison, BBC
correspondent for Sri Lanka, contacted Embassy Colombo and
confirmed that Dushi worked for BBC as her assistant.
Harrison reported that Dushi had been interviewed by FBI in
California and added that Anton MOSES had a history of
harassing Dushi. Embassy Colombo FSN/POL also corroborated
Dushi's employment at BBC and surmised that, although Dushi
was a Tamil and sometimes worked in LTTE-controlled regions,
she was not a member of LTTE. RSO will contact Sri Lankan
Directorate of Internal Intelligence (DII) to determine any
known connections between Dushi and LTTE.
4. (SBU) On January 9, RSO returned the phone call of DHS
Agent Walter HART of the JTTF in San Francisco (510-453-2548)
and advised him that the letter was believed to be falsely
written by a jealous former lover. Pending any new
information revealed in DII record checks, RSO considers this
case to be closed.