Sri Lanka: Is Military Intelligence the Bane of Betrayers?

The relentless assault on the Military Intelligence is not merely a random act of malice; it is a calculated campaign designed to sow discord and division within the ranks.

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File photo of an event held at the Military Intelligence Training School within the Military Intelligence Corps (MIC) Regimental Headquarters compound in Karandeniya.

by Our Defence Affairs Editor

In the game of espionage, loyalty is a luxury few can afford. – John le Carré

The importance of intelligence in safeguarding national security cannot be overstated. In Sri Lanka, as in any nation facing threats both internal and external, the role of intelligence officers is paramount in identifying and neutralising potential dangers before they can wreak havoc upon our society. These brave men and women operate in the shadows, gathering vital information that forms the backbone of our defence strategy. Yet, tragically, the sacrifices made by these unsung heroes are often overshadowed by political and administrative negligence. However, irony is their unsuccessfulness heard loudly, while success never even acknowledges the one sitting next to them. All too often, their warnings go unheeded, their pleas for resources and support fall on deaf ears, and their lives are put at risk by those who fail to grasp the gravity of the threats we face.

However, the weaponisation of social media for baseless attacks against the pillars of our nation’s security strikes not just at the heart of institutions, but at the very fabric of our society. The recent onslaught targeting the Military Intelligence, with unfounded accusations against esteemed officers, exemplifies not only the depths of malice within those who propagate such venom but also lays bare the sinister machinations of those who manipulate them.

One such individual, a former member of the Sri Lanka Police, now finds himself at the nexus of this whirlwind of deceit. His sordid past, marked by a callous indifference to duty and a cavalier disregard for the lives entrusted to his care, serves as a chilling reminder to the depths of moral bankruptcy from which these agents of chaos emerge. Those acquainted with history are familiar with the incident when the Morawewa police station fell under terrorist attack, while the officer in charge was elsewhere indulging in sexual pleasure. He came to the police station in a towel to witness the tragedy. This illustrates the extent of irresponsibility among these aimless YouTubers, trying to course correct in the country’s system from a distance.

However, it’s not solely the actions of one individual that should concern us the most; rather, it’s the covert network of supporters and informants who operate in the background, spreading falsehoods for personal gain.

The betrayal of trust by those entrusted with the defence and honour of our nation is not merely a stain on our conscience; it is a grave injustice that demands our strong condemnation. As American journalist Alex Berenson aptly noted, “In the realm of espionage, trust is a rare commodity, while betrayal reigns as the most common currency.” The insidious actions of opportunists who forsake their duty for personal gain, hiding behind the facade of disinformation, represent a true picture of betrayal. At least two men who worked in Military Intelligence are now scheming to win refugee status abroad, trying their best to manufacture stories so then they would tell, “We are not safe in Sri Lanka”. These self-serving individuals, masquerading as defenders of our nation’s secrets, have shamelessly abandoned their posts, seeking refuge in foreign lands under the pretext of fabricated threats to their safety. Theirs is a narrative crafted from falsehoods and deceit, a chain of lies merged to ensnare the unwitting sympathies of foreign authorities.

But the true victims of this treachery are not these charlatans, but the very institution they purport to represent. For every baseless accusation levelled against our Military Intelligence, every slanderous insinuation cast upon its most honourable officers, serves only to undermine the foundations of our national security. The machinations of these perfidious actors, driven by a toxic brew of professional jealousy and personal ambition, threaten to erode the trust upon which our intelligence services depend. Theirs is a game of smoke and mirrors, designed to distract from their own moral bankruptcy and to tarnish the reputations of those who have dedicated their lives to the service of our nation.

The relentless assault on the Military Intelligence is not merely a random act of malice; it is a calculated campaign designed to sow discord and division within the ranks. For decades, we have borne witness to the insidious tactics employed by those with nefarious agendas, seeking to undermine the very fabric of our society. From the dark days of the Millennium City series to the many other tragic deaths of senior intelligence officers, and now the despicable exploitation of the Easter attack series, the playbook of our enemies remains the same: to erode trust, to incite fear, and to destabilise our nation from within.

The path ahead may be fraught with peril, but true patriots will not falter. They will press on, undeterred by the darkness that surrounds us, guided by the light of justice and the definite resolve of those who stand by our country side. For in the end, it is not the strength of our adversaries that will determine our fate, but the strength of our convictions and the righteousness of our cause. And on that battlefield, we will emerge victorious, for truth and honour will always prevail over deceit and treachery. For the strength of our nation lies not in the shadows, but in the courage of those who stand tall in the face of adversity, who refuse to yield to the temptations of greed and betrayal. And it is upon their shoulders that we will build a future worthy of the sacrifices made in defence of our homeland.

Sri Lanka Guardian

The Sri Lanka Guardian is an online web portal founded in August 2007 by a group of concerned Sri Lankan citizens including journalists, activists, academics and retired civil servants. We are independent and non-profit. Email: editor@slguardian.org

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  1. If you enjoy reading fact based espionage thrillers, of which there are only a handful of decent ones, do try reading Bill Fairclough’s Beyond Enkription. It is an enthralling unadulterated fact based autobiographical spy thriller and a super read as long as you don’t expect John le Carré’s delicate diction, sophisticated syntax and placid plots.

    What is interesting is that this book is so different to any other espionage thrillers fact or fiction that I have ever read. It is extraordinarily memorable and unsurprisingly apparently mandatory reading in some countries’ intelligence agencies’ induction programs. Why?

    Maybe because the book has been heralded by those who should know as “being up there with My Silent War by Kim Philby and No Other Choice by George Blake”; maybe because Bill Fairclough (the author) deviously dissects unusual topics, for example, by using real situations relating to how much agents are kept in the dark by their spy-masters and (surprisingly) vice versa; and/or maybe because he has survived literally dozens of death defying experiences including 20 plus attempted murders.

    The action in Beyond Enkription is set in 1974 about a real maverick British accountant who worked in Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) in London, Nassau, Miami and Port au Prince. Initially in 1974 he unwittingly worked for MI5 and MI6 based in London infiltrating an organised crime gang. Later he worked knowingly for the CIA in the Americas. In subsequent books yet to be published (when employed by Citicorp, Barclays, Reuters and others) he continued to work for several intelligence agencies. Fairclough has been justifiably likened to a posh version of Harry Palmer aka Michael Caine in the films based on Len Deighton’s spy novels.

    Beyond Enkription is a must read for espionage cognoscenti. Whatever you do, you must read some of the latest news articles (since August 2021) in TheBurlingtonFiles website before taking the plunge and getting stuck into Beyond Enkription. You’ll soon be immersed in a whole new world which you won’t want to exit. Intriguingly, the articles were released seven or more years after the book was published. TheBurlingtonFiles website itself is well worth a visit and don’t miss the articles about FaireSansDire. The website is a bit like a virtual espionage museum and refreshingly advert free.

    Returning to the intense and electrifying thriller Beyond Enkription, it has had mainly five star reviews so don’t be put off by Chapter 1 if you are squeamish. You can always skip through the squeamish bits and just get the gist of what is going on in the first chapter. Mind you, infiltrating international state sponsored people and body part smuggling mobs isn’t a job for the squeamish! Thereafter don’t skip any of the text or you’ll lose the plots. The book is ever increasingly cerebral albeit pacy and action packed. Indeed, the twists and turns in the interwoven plots kept me guessing beyond the epilogue even on my second reading.

    The characters were wholesome, well-developed and beguiling to the extent that you’ll probably end up loving those you hated ab initio, particularly Sara Burlington. The attention to detail added extra layers of authenticity to the narrative and above all else you can’t escape the realism. Unlike reading most spy thrillers, you will soon realise it actually happened but don’t trust a soul.

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