Leaked Diplomatic Cable Reveals Saudi Arabia Was Aware of Sri Lanka Easter Bombings 5 Days Before They Occurred

Published in a recent exclusive by a Lebanese news outlet known as Alahed News is a copy of a diplomatic memo sent from Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim bin Abdul Aziz al-Assaf to Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Abdul Nasser al-Harethi. Dated April 16th 2019, five days before the Sri Lanken Easter Massacre which killed over 300 and injured 500 more, the cable specifically tells al-Harethi to inform all Saudia Arabian staff in the region to “avoid crowded and public places on Easter” – perhaps indicating that Saudi Arabia had previous knowledge indicating an attack that day was immanent.

Interestingly enough, the man whom went on to lead the terror attack on Easter Sunday, Zahran Hashim, has since been found by Sri Lanken authorities to have prior links to the Saudi Arabian government – making the memo’s release that much more suspicious.

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Translated into english, the letter reads:

Urgent – Top Secret                                                            

His Excellency Ambassador Abdul Nasser bin Hussein al-Harethi

You should carry out the following measures immediately:

First: You should delete all documents, computer data and latest correspondence with domestic and foreign members and groups, in addition to imposing a curfew for the embassy personnel unless it is necessary

Second:  You should inform all those related to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia including counselors, security forces and intelligence during the three coming days, especially on the Christian Easter Day, to avoid presence in public and crowded places namely churches

Third: You should send written news about the Sri Lankan authorities and their viewpoints regularly to this ministry

Ibrahim bin Abdul Aziz al-Assaf

Foreign Minister

Sign Petition To Block South African Government from Legalizing The Sale of Rhino Horn Next Month

Ahead of the May 2019 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES Convention) in Sri Lanka, also referred to as the Washington Convention, international wildlife activists are sending out a petition in hopes of influencing the South African Government against legalizing the sale of Rhino Horn next month- which many expect them to do.

As the petition is quick to point out, the Government of South Africa “are curators of an enormous Rhino Horn stockpile.” Explaining that “the black market value of Rhino horn is £51 000 per kilogram – making Rhino Horn more valuable than Gold, Platinum for Diamonds per gram.” As a result, “Rhinos in South Africa are still facing extinction and South Africa has lost half its rhino population since this crisis began. Conservationists have confirmed that, on average, poachers kill three rhinos per day.” At the time of this article the petition has generated 368,852 signatures, short of its 500,000 goal. If you would like to contribute to this cause, you can add your e-signature via the link provided below.

Sign Petition Here: https://www.change.org/p/ban-the-south-african-domestic-trade-in-rhino-horn-and-the-global-trade-in-endangered-species-parts?recruiter=72128957&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_petition&recruited_by_id=ad709aed-5e91-4e84-bc6f-f00de1823f6d

 

Family Whom Housed Edward Snowden In Hong Kong Granted Asylum In Canada

(HRW) – Vanessa Rodel and her young daughter Keana are finally safe, some six years after they opened the door to a scared young man who was seeking shelter in Hong Kong. That man was Edward Snowden, introduced to the penniless refugee family by their shared lawyer, who needed his soon-to-be-famous client to disappear for a few days while they worked on the US National Security Agency whistleblower’s legal case.

Vanessa had wound up in Hong Kong after fleeing a violent and powerful sexual abuser in the Philippines. But her act of kindness, and her location in Hong Kong, unfortunately became known – to the world, and to her abuser – at some point after Oliver Stone released his movie on Snowden. Hong Kong then rejected her asylum claim, effectively giving the green light for her to be deported back to a place that offered no protection against her abuser. Fortunately, Canada accepted Vanessa and Keana, now 7, as sponsored refugees, ensuring she would not be returned to the Philippines.

But five more kindhearted people who also sheltered Snowden for a few days face the same danger that Vanessa and Keana just escaped.

Supun Kellapatha and his partner Nadeeka separately escaped death threats and politically motivated abuse in Sri Lanka, and met each other as they waited – in vain – for Hong Kong to grant them asylum. The couple now have two children, Dinath and Sethumdi, who are stateless. Ajith Debagama Kankanalamage escaped horrific and repeated torture by the Sri Lankan army, but his asylum request was also rejected by Hong Kong, which is ready to deport him to where his life is at risk. His family was threatened and harassed by police once his connection to Snowden, and location in Hong Kong, became known. Sri Lankan Criminal Investigation Department officers were spotted in Hong Kong searching for these five in late 2016, making the prospect of retaliation should they be repatriated all the more likely.

These five people, who live in daily fear, have sponsors ready and waiting in Canada. Their path to a secure life is clear. Vanessa and Keana have been saved by Ottawa’s decision to admit them. The authorities can save their friends from peril by allowing them entry to Canada.


This article was originally published by Human Rights Watch on March 26th 2019. It was republished, with permission, using a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0 US License, in accordance with the Terms & Conditions of Human Rights Watch | Formatting edits & Tweets added/embedded by Rogue Media Labs

Pikocas Gang Hackers Release Leaks of 8 Government Agencies Across Bangladesh, Sri Lanka & Brasil

Yesterday, February 18th 2019, hackers “Zorkkappak” “Kosuleet” of a group known as “Pikocas Gang” claimed credit for a hack and leak effecting 8 websites across Brasil, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. More specifically implicated in the hacks are the Government of the State of Mato Grosso do Sul Litigation, the Government of Rio Negro, the Government of St. Lawrence, the Court of Justice of Santa Catarina, Sri Lanka Police, Court Justice of Bahia, the Brasilian Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications (MCTIC), and Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) of Bangladesh.

What makes the leaks unique is the fact that they don’t actually contain any data or files, rather, they merely provide the path through which they were able to hack into the website to retrieve the files. In this way there are no actual leaks, only forensic evidence that the hacks were real – if that makes sense.

Governo do Estado de Mato Grosso do Sul Contencioso:

Alvo: hxxps://contencioso.ms.gov.br/ContenciosoLayout/
Leak: https://pastebin.com/raw/yDgqM2kB

Sistema del RPI – Gobierno de Río Negro:

Alvo: hxxp://minutadigital-rpi.rionegro.gov.ar/
Leak: https://pastebin.com/raw/BNdc0ZxM

São Lourenço:

Alvo: hxxp://saolourenco.mg.gov.br/
Deface: http://saolourenco.mg.gov.br/noticia.php?id=1123
Leak: https://pastebin.com/raw/DV31ytYT

Tribunal de Justiça de Santa Catarina:

Alvo: hxxps://app.tjsc.jus.br/
Deface: https://app.tjsc.jus.br/push/pkc.htm
Leak: https://pastebin.com/raw/yDrZREmW

Sri Lanka Police:

Alvo: hxxps://eservices.police.lk/
Leak: https://pastebin.com/raw/GRXcaNGs

Tribunal de Justiça da Bahia:

Alvo: hxxp://www2.tjba.jus.br/
Leak: https://pastebin.com/raw/mdGwi73A

Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia, Inovações e Comunicações:

Alvo: hxxp://sistema.mctic.gov.br/
Deface: http://sistema.mctic.gov.br/SEGWeb/
Leak: https://pastebin.com/raw/GydTGBP4

Bureau of Manpower , Employment and Training (BMET):

Alvo: hxxp://old.bmet.gov.bd/
Leak: https://pastebin.com/raw/6txF46dq

Batticaloa Municipal Council of Shri Lanka Hacked, Site Databases Leaked Online

Shortly after new year’s 2019, hackers “Shizen” and “Ftp” announced a hack of the Batticaloa Municipal Council in Sri Lanka. While the leak contains some 760 lines, most notably within it, hackers were able to uncover the personal information of 22 website administrators, including their usernames, email addresses, phone numbers and full passwords – theoretically granting anyone access to the back end of the website. Also included in the leaked databases is personal information on 100 Municipal Council members, including their full names, addresses, emails, ID numbers, passwords, phone numbers and usernames.

Website Effected: hxxp://batticaloa.mc.gov.lk
Raw Leak: https://ghostbin.com/paste/r5s4d

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