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Convincing the importance of intelligence information to former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was totally absurd, said former Chief of National Intelligence (CNI) Kapila Hendawitharana while testifying before the PCoI probing Easter Sunday attacks today.

Hendawitharana informed the Commission when Ranil Wickremesinghe was serving as the Prime Minister between 2001 and 2004, he did not care about intelligence information provided by military intelligence.

Hendawitharana said that although the army was restricted in many ways during his time as Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI), army intelligence continued to work hard to prepare for the eventual clash with the LTTE.

"However, Mr. Wickremesinghe did not pay heed to our intelligence information," he said.

A Commission member asked Hendawitharana whether he tried to convince Mr. Wickremesinghe about the need to take intelligence information seriously, he replied "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. This was what I know of them. That was why I tendered my resignation soon after the January 2015 election result. I knew the type of people who would come in. I knew well that I couldn't work with them, that was why I left," he said.(Yoshitha Perera)

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  • DJ Wednesday, 08 July 2020 09:00 PM

    Please also educate the public how your intelligence information killed many of our soldiers and lost many weapons. Maybe that's why RW would've written you off.

    wicky Thursday, 09 July 2020 05:36 AM

    DJ You have no idea who is Kapila Hendavitharana is Do not insult a person like him He is one of the Key Person behind our war success. Even Army Commander didn't know till he brings KP to Sri Lanka.

    P R A Vda Thursday, 09 July 2020 07:56 AM

    The Mullativu camp was from inside information . There were LTTE moles

    Shan Thursday, 09 July 2020 04:42 AM

    Was it former PM or Prez? Former Prez also had two PMs at one time.

    warren Thursday, 09 July 2020 04:49 AM

    What do the actions of Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe during the 2001-2004 period have any relevance to the Easter attacks?

    reg Thursday, 09 July 2020 05:04 AM

    RW is a un-electable leader it is a proven fact by clinging to the UNP leadership he is ruining its chances of electing a suitable person to rule the country.

    Independent Thursday, 09 July 2020 05:18 AM

    It is proved that this shameful military man(removed by Sarath Fonseka)got involved with Chinese intelligence to prevent US, India investigating easter bombing. We wonder why was that? Is there a chinese intelligence involvement with Easter bombing? We know that Chinese spy agencies wanted to place Rajapakshas on power for their benefit. We will never know who was the real mastermind behind Easter attacks. It's proved ISIS was not involved. Then who is the real mastermind? Big question.

    Anura Nanayakkara Thursday, 09 July 2020 06:31 AM

    Some people try to play politics with these issues. The whole country came to know about Ranil’s attitude towards security issues from Millennium City mess up and due to Easter Bombings recently!! These tragedies could have been prevented if Ranil ever paid respect to Army/ Police intelligence!!

    Chris Thursday, 09 July 2020 06:39 AM

    This is assumption not fact. This guy is a failure as an officer but successful as a political animal.

    Joshua Thursday, 09 July 2020 07:26 AM

    RW is not a fool to ignore any intelligence info. I can see stories being created based on election. Let this man prove ....otherwise arrest him for false evidence. What about the minister of defence the so called Maithri? Is he exempt since he is with SLPP?????

    PADMA Thursday, 09 July 2020 07:36 AM

    Clearly tell did you inform the particular information to the former PM RANIL . Without telling nonsense

    Paul Thursday, 09 July 2020 07:48 AM

    Commending Chief is the President. If it is the matter what can RW do with security matters in the country. Don't pass the ball to others during this elections time.

    John hanson1969@gmail.com Thursday, 09 July 2020 11:24 AM

    All you gives have become a laughing stock including the country’s intelligence service.

    Sinna Friday, 10 July 2020 06:33 AM

    Uneducated then President had no knowledge of weight of his responsibility, BUT truly he is responsible for every life and death on this soil,he can't say ,why I responsible? Lost of 300 deaths,twine many places in his irresponsible activities,eg..release of Lactowatta suspects,, elevated to governship of two notorious extremist figures ,avoided participation of PM,deputy defense minister IG from security council,those are punishable acts


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