Lasantha’s old desk in what is now Frederica’s office, from Perambara
Lankaenews quoted Sarath Fonseka as saying “Sunday Leader Editor came and cried before me.” Anyone who knows Frederica Jansz knows that this is absurd. She’s been the leading investigative reporter in a country that kills investigative reporters and took over the Leader immediately after the last editor was shot. She’s a really nice lady, but don’t let that fool you. Frederica Jansz is unbowed and unafraid and hasn’t gone crying before anybody. She just published an article in the Leader explaining what really happened.
This is the story of the story
I then asked him one final question. In relation to claims made both internationally and locally that LTTE surrendees carrying white flags had, instead of being accommodated, been killed. I asked the General what really happened.
In that context Fonseka made the allegation that would later appear in the newspapers.He claimed he had heard that Gotabaya Rajapaksa ordered any surrendering LTTE cadres to be shot, and related the story of Pulidevan and Nadesan’s surrender.
One interesting point was that the this allegation is not that they were executed while surrendering, but simply that Gotabaya ordered this. Anyways, the story blew up and – rather than addressing the issues – the government framed it as an example of Fonseka’s treachery. Listening to his advisers Fonseka tried to clumsily back away and ended up looking both weak and disengenous.
The crucial point is that the story was correct and Fonseka was aware of the form it was coming out in. His erstwhile svengalis like Mangala Samaraweera seem to have some aversion to the truth, without realizing that A) it’s the best weapon Fonseka has and B) the cat is already out of the bag. I recommend reading a full account of the story behind the story.