The boat carrying around 200 asylum seekers from Sri Lanka heading towards North America was part of an attempt by the Tigers to "create a network again and play the transnational terrorist game," the Washington Post quoting former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for South and Southeast Asia James Clad, reported yesterday. "I’m not an advocate for sending people back to their deaths, but that is just not happening in Sri Lanka," he said.
"I’ve helped a lot of migrants before, but I know a scam when I see one," he added.
Excerpts from the Washington Post article:
An estimated 200 asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, including some believed to be members of a group the United States has labelled a terrorist organization, are aboard a ship in the Pacific Ocean heading towards North America, according to U S Government officials and other sources.
The MV Sun Sea had been destined for Australia but changed course after its captain determined that Australia’s navy and coastguard would prevent it from landing. Its current destination is believed to be the west coast of Canada, and it is expected to make landfall mid-month. "We are aware of the vessel and are monitoring its progress," Homeland Security Department Spokesman Matthew Chandler said. "Should an emergency arise,