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06BANGKOK5228 NO CLARITY ON ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT

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“Embassy Bangkok”,”CONFIDENTIAL”,”06BANGKOK5204″,”VZCZCXRO1018

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/24/2016

TAGS: ASEC, PINS, PGOV, TH

SUBJECT: NO CLARITY ON ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT

 

REF: BANGKOK 5204

 

Classified By: Political Counselor Susan M. Sutton, reason 1.4 (b) (d)

 

1. (C) Authorities have released no further useful

information yet today about the bomb discovered August 24 by

the Prime Minister\’s residence Government. Government and

security officials have proclaimed that the bomb was an

assassination attempt. The Defense Minister told the press

it was an attempt to bring down the government. Thaksin was

quoted saying that at least four military officers were

involved in the assassination plot. Much of the broadcast

and print media is expressing varying degrees of skepticism

about whether this is a real assassination attempt or a

set-up by the PM or his supporters. However, the evening and

morning news were filled with pictures and exact descriptions

of the bomb, along with video of the bomb team disarming it

and endless coverage of the arrest. All of this is likely to

ratchet up already high tension levels. Informal checks with

military contacts show that they are highly skeptical about

the specific charges against the driver arrested yesterday,

who appears to have no reason at all to be involved in a plot

of this kind; they don\’t appear to buy the whole

assassination scenario either. Police have been unusually

reluctant to respond to any inquiries from us for further

information about the investigation. Academics and others

have warned the government against using the incident as a

pretext to declare a state of emergency; Thaksin reportedly

said that there was no need for such a step.

 

2. (C) COMMENT: It is likely to take some time for the full

story to emerge, further complicating the efforts to get to a

solution to the political crisis. Worsening relations

between the PM and the military as a result of the

accusations of their complicity are of particular concern.

The widespread skepticism about the veracity of the

government\’s claims provides more evidence, if we needed it,

of the complete breakdown of trust between the Bangkok

educated class and the PM.

BOYCE

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Written by thaicables

July 13, 2011 at 5:27 am

Posted in Confidential, Thaksin

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