Wikileaks and Thailand 2

2 12 2010

So far, thanks to a reader, PPT has seen two cable originating in the Bangkok Embassy. They are both related to the Viktor Bout extradition case and seem rather “imperial” in tone. See them here. Note that Wikileaks x’s out some names. That said, one of PPT’s posts can probably fill in some details. And then add this from The Guardian (via The Nation): “On February 12, 2009, the US ambassador in Bangkok, Eric John, raised his concerns about the case in a meeting with Thailand’s prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva. He warned that the extraditions proceedings had become “tainted as a result of the efforts by Bout’s associates to bribe Thai officials”. John said the Americans had uncovered several examples of influence and corruption. These included the false testimony by a witness, an attempt to procure the personal secretary of the crown prince of Thailand to testify on Bout’s behalf, and “evidence of bribery schemes gathered throughout the world”.

Other PPT posts on Bout are here and here.



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5 12 2010
Finding Wikileaks | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] For those having trouble getting to Wikileaks, look here for tips and links. Also here. PPT’s posts on Wikileaks and Thailand are here and here. […]

23 01 2011
Bout, communism and The John Birch Society | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] This is a small footnote to the Viktor Bout saga that seemed completed, for a moment, when Russian Viktor Bout was extradited in unusual circumstances to the U.S. See PPT posts here (for the alleged royal connection), here and here. There was also some traffic in the Wikileaks cables. […]

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