Thursday, March 20, 2008

Military Threats Alleged-When will it end!

E-mails were hacked: Leung
Last updated 3/19/2008 8:20:20 AM -
A Suva-based lawyer believes his e-mails had been hacked and his telephone calls monitored.
Fiji Law Society former president Grahame Leung said he was unsure how an opinion piece written by him ended up in the hands of the interim government.
“I wrote an opinion piece which hasn't even been released to the media and somehow the interim regime was able to get a hold of it,” he said.
Mr Leung claimed he received a threatening call from a local number belonging to the military.
He said he knew the number which was used to call him.
“I know the number belonged to military personnel.
“I have been in the civil service for so long and as a former military lawyer, I am quite familiar with numbers,” Mr Leung said.
He said that after these two incidents, he was now convinced that his e-mails and telephone calls were being hacked and tapped.
No comments could be obtained from the military and the interim government on the matter.
Meanwhile members of the media have been advised not to call the interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama for queries on the military.
A statement from the Prime Minister's Office said all media queries should be directed to the department of information.
The statement also advised members of the media not to contact Cdre Bainimarama on his mobile phone at anytime.
Permanent secretary to the Prime Ministers Office Pramesh Chand said Cdre Bainimarama preferred that all media queries to be handled by information department and this was not because he was not interested to talk to the media.
The media outlets have also been informed that all media queries regarding the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces were be sent to the RFMF media cell.

Matt Wilson alleged being threatened
Publish date/time: 19/03/2008

Public Affairs and Media consultant Matt Wilson has alleged that he was threatened by someone he suspects from the Fiji Military over services he provided for a draft article by Suva Lawyer graham Leung.

In a statement this afternoon, Wilson alleges that he received a telephone call early on March 14th which according to Wilson was immediately after Leung had also received a threat call from someone.

He said the article drafted by Leung was critical of the interim regime and developments in Fiji. Wilson said at Leung's request he strengthened the section on the media and included references to the inquiry into the tax affairs of the interim Minister for Finance Mahendra Chaudhry.

According to Wilson he did some basic editing.

Wilson claims that the caller warned him to be careful and watch out and said we know what you are doing. Wilson said the caller also told him that they have intercepted his letter to the Fiji times before hanging up.

Wislon said he protested strongly about what had happened to a senior military officer who told him he would make some enquiries and also speak to the Commissioner of Police.

However, when contacted this afternoon by Fijivillage news Wilson said he cannot confirm if he has a caller ID system in place to prove that the call had infact come from the Military.

Wilson maintains that he suspects the call was from the Military as the person spoke in a similar tone as when Leung was called up.

Let It Lie-Interim AG
Publish date/time: 20/03/2008

This issue is being blown out of proportion, let it lie.

These are the words of the Interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum regarding the claims by Suva Lawyer Graham Leung that his computer has been hacked and phone been tapped, and the call in the Fiji Times editorial today for the Interim AG to tell the people of Fiji who gave him Leung's article.

Sayed-Khaiyum while maintaining the article "Exposing the Lie" was sent to him from someone within the Fiji Times, said it’s just claims so the matter should now be put to rest.

The Interim AG also dismisses claims that he himself hacked Leung's emails, as he does not know the technicalities of going about doing this.

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