Saturday, April 25, 2009

It's the little things in the news

It is the little things buried in the news that often are the most telling...

Here's an example: A report by Reuters on the investigation into the attempted murder of "Yellow Shirt" People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) leader Sondhi Limthongkul, which remains unsolved despite claims in the Bangkok Post claiming a military role in the attack. Late in the report, it changes focus to give information on upcoming protests by "Red Shirt" activists of Thaksin Shinawartra's United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) party. It concludes with
Thaksin, who lives in self-imposed exile to avoid a two-year jail term on conflict of interest charges, was not expected to address the rally as he did previous protests by video link.

Thailand revoked Thaksin's passport after the latest violence and has urged governments to deny him refuge, but the wily former premier has eluded Bangkok's efforts to extradite him.

Thaksin has a diplomatic passport from Nicaragua and showed up in the West African country of Liberia last week, saying he was scouting for investment opportunities.
Now it is well known that Thaksin has access to the U.K., and significant business interests there, but it has been something of a wonder that he has stayed ahead of arrest while he seemingly carelessly jet-sets around the world.

Now you know. He's untouchable.

The current Government of Nicaragua can be bought.

Given the access groups like Iran's Pasdaran (IRGC) have to Nicaragua, this should pretty much put chills up the spine of any national security officer in the world.

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