Leaked letter to CIA: Cops waiting to record statements from Washington-based officers

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun during a press conference at Bukit Aman in Kuala Lumpur August 14, 2018. — Picture by Firdaus Latif
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun during a press conference at Bukit Aman in Kuala Lumpur August 14, 2018. — Picture by Firdaus Latif

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 — Police are waiting to interview several officers based in Washington DC as part of its investigation into a leaked confidential letter from a top government intelligence agency that has raised security concerns in the country.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the police were waiting for a couple of officers from the Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO) to return from their pilgrimage to Mecca to record their statements into a leaked letter to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) ahead of GE14.

“More statements will be recorded soon from two to three more officers. Some of them are currently in Mecca to perform their haj,” he said here at Bukit Aman after a special meeting with the Integrity and Standard Compliance Department on corruption.

On July 31, former MEIO director-general Datuk Hasanah Abdul Hamid filed a police report over the leak of letter at the Jalan Travers police station.

Her lawyer, Datuk Shaharudin Ali, confirmed that the confidential letter was penned by MEIO to the CIA.

However, he explained that it was just a routine “operational level” matter between the two intelligence agencies.

He also said that the move did not need to be referred to the then-prime minister, after Datuk Seri Najib Razak said he was unaware of its existence.

He said his client wanted the police to investigate the matter and find out who authorised the leak of official government documents protected under the Official Secret Acts (OSA).

He added that Hasanah would be called up to give her statement to the police soon in relation to a report lodged by Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (Patriot), who claimed the letter was treacherous and treasonous.

The three-page letter signed by Hasanah congratulated new CIA director Gina Haspel on her appointment and appealed for the United States to support Najib’s administration “even if Barisan Nasional won the election by a simple majority or just one seat”.

The letter supposedly stated that any indication that the US government would continue to support Najib and his government would “definitely strengthen stability and enhance the existing cordial relationship driven by the strong rapport between the two leaders”.

The letter also said that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was anti-West, anti-Semitic and autocratic, while also ignoring human rights and the rule of law.

The letter was written on May 4, a week before GE14.

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