For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
The President has assigned Commander for Colombo, Major General Shantha Dissanayake to make persons in Sri Lanka who provide information to web sites being operated from overseas that have put the government in a difficult spot, disappear. The order had directly been made by the President.
Shantha Dissanayake, who is a trusted officer of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, is also a member of the Gajaba Regiment.
Dissanayake followed a course on war strategies in China some time back and it was the President who made the Commander for Colombo upon his return to the country and appointed him as the head of a white van unit.
The President has asked the head of the State Intelligence Service, DIG Chandra Vakishta to gather details and prepare the report on the “web” reporters.
A large number of information on persons with connections to websites has been gathered. A senior intelligence official said that it has already been found that information to websites had been provided by members of the private staff of several key government ministers, several opposition parliamentarians and their staff members.
The official said that all details have been forwarded to the President.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa reentry told in Thailand that there are eight websites that tarnished the country’s image and that all of them are operated by one institution.