Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Mahathir's ludicrous conspiracy theory
Salleh Said Keruak
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that the recently-released CIA report implicating him in the 1983 multi-billion BMF scandal is meant to demonise him. And the reason the CIA wants to demonise him, said Mahathir, is because he criticises the US.
If that is true why did the CIA wait 34 years to do this? They would have done it when he was still Prime Minister and not now when he is no longer important to the US.
Actually the BMF report is just two pages of 13 million pages that the CIA declassified and is purely coincidental. The CIA did not declassify just these two pages regarding the BMF issue alone.
Many countries declassify documents that are classified or under the Official Secrets Act after 25, 35, or more, years depending on the sensitivity of those documents. Some, of course, remain classified forever. But for Mahathir to suggest the CIA declassified 13 million pages of documents just so that they can leak two pages related to BMF aimed at demonising him is ludicrous.