Vellupillai Prabhakaran's Satellite phone found along side his remains near the Nanthikadal Lagoon, Sri Lanka. Photo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence press release May 2009.
Slain Tiger chief Vellupillai Prabhakaran's satellite phone allowed Sri Lanka Intelligence officers to track down the Tamil Tigers newly appointed leader Selvarasa Pathmanathan (KP), according to a report on the Gulf Times.
There was some speculation that KP was betrayed. To even think that is to portray a great deal of ignorance. If KP was betrayed, he would then betray those who betrayed him. If Castro informed the Sri Lanka authorities about KP's whereabouts, then Castro would need to be in eternal hiding.
Sri Lanka was just too good for the Tamil Tigers. It's time to face that reality.
Three senior military sources, all speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that three teams were deployed to Malayasia, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia to hunt down and kill Pathmanathan, not capture him.
“We didn’t want him to be brought down here. But the circumstances didn’t allow us to do that,” one military intelligence officer told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
The presence of local intelligence and security officers acting as liaisons made that plan impracticable, they said.