The Sri Lankan Defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s has shouted at Duminda Rathnayake, the CEO of Etisalat Lanka mobile phone network saying that India’s intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) is behind tapping his mobile phone.
When Duminda Rathnayake rejected the accusation and insisted that his network has taken every step to prevent phone hacking, the Defence Secretary has blasted him with filthy language. He is of the opinion that Indian RAW is bugging his phone to gather information with regard to national security.
The accusation comes at a time Sinhala extremist groups supported and funded by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa are carrying out a massive propaganda campaign against 13th amendment to the constitution and provincial councils.
His brother, Basil, is to leave for Delhi on Thursday as SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s special envoy to discuss the situation with Indian authorities. In previous rounds, both Gotabhaya and President’s Secretary Lalith Weerathunga joined with Basil to brief Indian leaders.
He holds both Sri Lankan and US nationality, is aware that US also employs similar methods to listen to telephone conversations but has not publicly commented about it.