The state intelligence services has taken full control of the Covid 19 outbreak in Sri Lanka says Acting Assistant Director of State Intelligence Service Parakrama de Silva.
He was participating in a live TV programme on the 2nd May.
“It is the responsibility of the State Intelligence Service to investigate and contribute to all issues of domestic and international concern.
After the election of president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the work of the State Intelligence Service was reorganized and separate units were established.
Accordingly, under the supervision of the present Director, various units of the State Intelligence Service have been set up in the field of Intelligence, Energy Security, Food Security, Health Security and Computer Crime.
With the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic, the Health Security Unit launched its operation.
So when the Covid 19 pandemic was started in Wuhan, China, our intelligence agencies begin a study. The study was being carried out on the advice of Epidemiologists and Data Analysts as well as the Director of the State Intelligence Service.
Since the discovery of the first Covid 19 patient in Sri Lanka on 11 March, state intelligence service has launched three intelligence operations.
That means identifying, isolating and identifying the contacts. Through the established units in the various parts of the country, the information about the affected areas was identified with the help of informants.
This kind of intelligence operation is being carried out only in Israel, except in our country, in the wake of the pandemic that has spread in 195 countries. However, this operation which is being launched in our country is unique to us. The Director of State Intelligence Service is leading this process which is being implemented according to a concept of President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
The State Intelligence Service has set up two centers for the control of this malicious virus, studying every case. For this purpose the Sri Lanka Army, Navy, Air Force Intelligence Corps, IGP and the entire staff of the Sri Lanka Police, the Special Bureau of the Police and the Intelligence Unit of the Intelligence Unit are engaged in these activities.”
Excerpts of a Sinhala language article published on the government web site News.lk