PM, cabinet need not know about CIA letter, says lawyer

Alfian Z.M. Tahir

FORMER prime minister Najib Razak did not have to know about the letter sent to the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as it was a routine operational matter, said a lawyer representing the sender of the letter – Hasanah Abdul Hamid, the former director-general of Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO).

The lawyer, Shaharudin Ali, explained that MEIO has a very close relationship with the CIA and has been exchanging intelligence for a long period of time on matters concerning national security.

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  • Just get this CIA collobtator attested n charged for treason

    Posted 3 years ago by Sabah One

  • Another moron

    Posted 3 years ago by Muhammad Rawi Abdullah

  • His remarks, in laymen's term, are total nonsense. Alternaively, to put it very crudely, bullshit.

    Posted 3 years ago by Muzaffar Shah Mustaffa

  • hehe , thought you still in power. Arrest the whistleblower is it :)

    Posted 3 years ago by Selvakumar sivarajah

  • It is very clear the former PM is not involved !

    Posted 3 years ago by CHEE SENG LUM

  • Under the OSA, the government of the day is empowered to declassify documents, especially one which contains no national secrets. Secrets of persons in power or otherwise are not national secrets and do not deserve to be protected by the OSA.

    Posted 3 years ago by Léon Moch

  • Is he representing Najib or representing that poor lady? it sounds like he is throwing her under the bus..

    You see how he used the words.... "Like sending this letter, it is a routine operational matter therefore the prime minister did not have to know..." He said "ex-PM didn't have to know", why the "have to"? "didn't know" sudah lar.

    Second, he said routine operational matter, but cited Malaysia-Indonesia confrontation? that is routine to him?

    Posted 3 years ago by Chean Ang Heng

  • Need not know or did not know? They are very different concepts.
    Need not know-of course he has to know. He's the PM. He's responsible. The buck stops at him. He should be appraised it every communication done in his name.
    Did not know-thats the BNs internal problem. If the PMs staff don't inform him he is still responsible. He is their leader is he not? In any event do any of us believe that some thing as important as a private communication to the head of the top spy agency in the US that deals with the US's covert dealings with the world was not brought to Najib's attention? Podah

    Posted 3 years ago by David Churme

  • Kangkung lawyer.

    Posted 3 years ago by Watchdog Watchdog

  • Kangkung lawyer.

    Posted 3 years ago by Watchdog Watchdog

  • This is another big joke. We have a former prime minister who just sign any anything without reading the contents. Now, we have another one who just send routine sesitive letters to a foriegn spy agency. We have a lot of nutty people.

    Posted 3 years ago by Richard Foo