Emails of former US Secretary of State and 2016 Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, placed on the public domain last week by the US State Department, have revealed some of the correspondence she had on Sri Lanka in 2009 during the critical stage of the war.
In one such email, Clinton was told that the IMF had, during the final stages of the war, slammed her in a conversation the IMF had with Timothy Franz Geithner, the then United States Secretary of the Treasury, for ordering the IMF to suspend funding to Sri Lanka.
The email showed that Clinton had written to her then Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan, and sought clarification on an email sent to her by Burns Strider, a onetime Senior Advisor and Director of Faith and Values Outreach to Clinton, with regards to Sri Lanka.
In the email sent to Clinton by Burns Strider, he says people on the ground both with the World Bank and the IMF believed the LTTE need to be completely defeated and any collateral damage inflicted on private people by Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Government in the process was ok.
Other 2009 emails related to Sri Lanka include statements on Sri Lanka she had approved and requests for telephone conversations with Canada to discuss the situation in Sri Lanka and also for a telephone conversation with then President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette)