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Contact: Roland Watson,


August 3, 2009

Please forward widely.

To: Desmond Ball and Phil Thornton

Is it too much to ask to be given a little credit, when credit is due?
Your articles this past weekend in the Sydney Morning Herald and Bangkok
Post about Burma’s nuclear program contained some new information and one
new source (“Tin Min”). However, they also included more than ten pieces
of information that Dictator Watch first reported.

In the primary SMH article, Burma’s Nuclear Secrets:

For the defector “Moe Jo,” we had first access to his interrogation
debriefing, by border-based groups upon his arrival in Thailand; we asked
him follow-up questions; and we published his claims (among other intel)
that the SPDC wanted a nuclear bomb by 2020 (published in August 2008),
and that there was a large State Scholar program with Russia in support of
this (which info we first published in November 2006, from other sources).
In our Moe Jo-sourced articles, we did not reveal that he was a defector –
we were trying to protect his family.

In the SMH article on your work by Hamish McDonald, Revealed: Burma’s
nuclear bombshell:

You say: “Another Moscow-trained Burmese Army defector was picked up by
U.S. intelligence agencies last year.” We had access to, and published
intelligence from, this defector’s border debriefing as well.

This article further states that “Burma protested to Thailand about
overflights by unmanned surveillance drones that were apparently launched
across the Thai territory by U.S. agencies.” Dictator Watch was the first
to reveal the use of the drones (in November 2008).

In the BP article, Burma’s nuclear bomb alive and ticking:

You mention that the SPDC has a uranium milling and enrichment facility at
Tha Beik Kyin. We first disclosed this information (November 2006),
although we view the enrichment claim at this point as unconfirmed
(evidence for it, though, is building). We also first disclosed that there
were at least two uranium mills (January 2007). We further believe that
there may be a reactor at Tha Beik Kyin. In any case, there are three
suspected reactor sites: Myaing in Magwe; Tha Beik Kyin; and the Setkhya
Mountains (which many people have been speculating about for years,
including Dictator Watch starting in January 2007, and which you identify
as Naung Laing, which location we previously identified in November 2008).

You mention the SPDC’s five uranium deposits listed on its Ministry of
Energy website. After extensive Internet research, I was the one who found
this website, and publicized its existence (in January 2007).

You talk about the Google Earth photos of the suspected Myit Nge uranium
operation. An associate of Dictator Watch scanned all the non-cost
satellite imagery available for Burma, and identified this site (among
others), which photos we published (in March 2007).

You mention plutonium reprocessing at Naung Laing. We first disclosed that
the SPDC’s nuclear program might extend to plutonium (in August 2008).

You also talk about weaponization research at Naung Laing, which we also
disclosed earlier (in November 2006).

More generally, Dictator Watch and many Burmese media groups have
published extensive intel about the connections between the SPDC and North
Korea. For example, we revealed the involvement of the businessman Tayza
(in August 2007), which your source Tin Min has now confirmed.

In consideration of all of this, don’t journalistic ethics demand the
acknowledgment of other journalists, or sources such as advocacy groups,
who first break a story – who get the scoop?

Snippets of information about the SPDC’s nuclear program (other than the
2001 announcement of the Russian reactor deal), first began to appear
about five years ago, notably by the Democratic Voice of Burma and the
Shan Herald Agency for News. Then, in 2006, we at Dictator Watch were
entrusted with information that had not yet been made public. We asked for
permission to disclose the intel, and received it.

In the process, we also learned of other sources of intel and conceived a
broader program to collect information from different parties in the Burma
Pro-Democracy Movement. Since November 2006, we have published sixteen
articles with intelligence and/or intelligence analysis of Burma’s nuclear
and missile programs, including its connections with North Korea, Russia,
China and Iran.

This is much more than what you describe in your articles: “There have
been hints Burma aspires to a nuclear program.” This statement is a
self-serving mischaracterization, if not a complete lie. (It is
inconceivable that you are not aware of Dictator Watch’s intelligence

It is extremely gratifying that the Burma nuclear story is finally
receiving widespread coverage. This has only occurred, though, because of
the Kang Nam 1: the fact that U.S. intel about the North Korean freighter
was leaked, and that the U.S. was forced to recognize the issue.

Dictator Watch should be identified as a source in any analysis of the
SPDC’s program, if our disclosures are used. This would further give
credit to the many different people who have assisted us, some of whom
have been killed or imprisoned (but in either case, not because of their
involvement with us).

If such credit isn’t given, isn’t this known as plagiarism?

Or, do you only feel obliged to credit other journalists and academics?

To the Bangkok Post: Thank you for printing my letter yesterday stating
that we should have been given credit. To the Sydney Morning Herald, which
did not print the letter: You owe Dictator Watch an apology, for not
properly vetting Ball and Thornton’s representation that their sources and
information were in fact original.


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 3, 2009 at 2:55 pm

ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္၏ အၿပီးသတ္ ေလွ်ာက္လဲခ်က္ အဖြဲ႔ခ်ဳပ္ထုတ္ျပန္

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ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္း စုၾကည္က ၎ ရင္ဆိုင္ေနရသည့္ အမႈတြင္ ဖြဲ႔စည္းပံုအေျခခံ ဥပေဒ ျပဌာန္းခ်က္မ်ားကို အဓိပၸာယ္ပုိင္းျခား က်င့္သံုးရာ၌ “ထံုးနည္းမက်ေသာ က်င့္သံုးမႈမ်ား ျဖစ္ေပၚခဲ့သည္” ဟု အမ်ဳိသား ဒီမိုကေရစီ အဖြဲ႔ခ်ဳပ္ NLD မွတဆင့္ ယေန႔ ထုတ္ေဖာ္ ေျပာၾကားလိုက္သည္။

ဇူလိုင္လ၂၄ ရက္ေန႔က ရန္ကုန္၊ အင္းစိန္ အက်ဥ္းေထာင္အတြင္း အထူးတရားရုံးသို႔ အၿပီးသတ္ ေလွ်ာက္လဲ ခ်က္ တင္သြင္းခဲ့ရာ ထိုေန႔တြင္ပင္ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္္းစုၾကည္က သူ၏ သေဘာထားအျမင္ကုိ ယခုကဲ့သို႔ ေျပာ ၾကားခဲ့ျခင္းျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း သိရသည္။

ထိုထုတ္ျပန္ခ်က္တြင္ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္က “က်မသည္ ဤရံုးေရွ႕တြင္ စစ္ေဆးၾကားနာလွ်က္ရွိေသာ စြဲခ်က္မ်ားအေပၚ တရားဥပေဒစိုးမိုးေရးႏွင့္ ပတ္သက္၍ တင္ျပလိုပါသည္။ တရားဥပေဒ စိုမုိးေရး ဆိုသည္မွာ အဂတိ ေလးပါးကင္းေသာ၊ ခ်ိဳ႕ယြင္းခ်က္ ကင္းစင္ေသာ၊ တရားမွ်တေသာ၊ အျပစ္လည္း မဆိုႏိုင္ေသာ ဉာဏ္ ပညာႏွင့္ ေကာင္းျမတ္ေသာ စိတ္ေစတနာႏွင့္ ျမင္သာထင္ရွားကာ တာဝန္ခံႏုိင္သည့္ စီမံခန္႔ခြဲမႈမ်ိဳး ျဖစ္ပါသည္” ဟု ထုတ္ေဖာ္ ေျပာဆိုထားသည္။

ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္က ၎၏ေနအိမ္ၿခံဝင္းအတြင္း မစၥတာ ဂၽြန္ဝီလ်ံ ယက္ေထာ ဝင္ေရာက္ခဲ့ျခင္းအေပၚ တရားစြဲဆိုျခင္းႏွင့္ ပတ္သက္၍လည္း က်ဴးေက်ာ္ဝင္ေရာက္သူကို ျဖစ္ေစ၊ က်ဴးေက်ာ္ဝင္ေရာက္ျခင္းကို တားဆီးရန္ တာဝန္ရွိသူမ်ားကို ျဖစ္ေစ ဒုကၡေရာက္ေစမည့္ အက်ိဳးဆက္မ်ား မျဖစ္စရန္ ရန္ၿငိဳးကင္းေသာ စိတ္ထားျဖင့္ ေဆာင္ရြက္ျခင္းျဖစ္သည္ဟု ဆိုသည္။

ယင္းျဖစ္ရပ္မ်ားႏွင့္ စပ္လ်ဥ္း၍ ယိုးစြပ္ျခင္း ျပဳမည့္အစား ထားသင့္ ထားထိုက္ေသာ သင့္႐ံု ေတာ္ရံု သေဘာထားမႈ၊ နားလည္သည့္ သေဘာထားမႈႏွင့္ တာဝန္သိျမင္ေသာ သေဘာထားမႈမ်ားကို အစြမ္းကုန္ ထားရွိျခင္းသည္ ယဥ္ေက်းေသာ လူ႔အဖြဲ႕အစည္းမ်ား၌ လံုၿခံဳေရးႏွင့္ ညီညြတ္ေရးတို႔ကို ဥပေဒကသာ အုပ္ထိန္းျခင္း ျပဳသည္ဆိုသည့္ ေယဘုယ်သေဘာသာ ျဖစ္သည္ဟု ဆက္လက္ ေဖာ္ျပထားသည္။

“တရားစီရင္ရာတြင္ အမွန္ကုိ ဆံုးျဖတ္ရုံမွ်သာမကဘဲ ထုိသို႔အမွန္တရားကုိ စီရင္ေၾကာင္း အမ်ားျမင္ေစသင့္ သည္ဆိုေသာမူမွာလည္း တရားဥပေဒ စိုးမိုးေရးအတြက္ လြန္စြာ ဟန္ခ်က္ကို ပုိင္းျခား သိျမင္ေစႏိုင္ေသာ မူ ျဖစ္သည္” ဟု ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္က ေျပာသည္။

ထို႔ျပင္ ၅ ႏွစ္ေက်ာ္ ေနအိမ္အက်ယ္ခ်ဳပ္ျဖင့္ ထားခဲ့သည့္ ကိစၥႏွင့္ စပ္လ်ဥ္းအေရးယူခဲ့မႈမ်ားကို ဥပေဒႏွင့္ ညီ၊ မညီ စံုစမ္းမႈ မျပဳဘဲ မွန္ကန္၊ ျပည့္စံုစြာ သံုးသပ္ႏုိင္မည္မဟုတ္ဟု ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္က ထုတ္ျပန္ခ်က္ တြင္ ေဖာ္ျပထားသည္။

ဆက္လက္၍ ၎ ထုတ္ျပန္ခ်က္ထဲ၌ “က်မ၏ ေရွ႕ေနမ်ားသည္ တရားဥပေဒ စိုးမိုးေရးတြင္ ဟန္ခ်က္ကို ပိုင္းျခား သိျမင္ေစႏိုင္ေသာ ထိုက္သင့္သည့္ ေဆာင္ရြက္ခ်က္မ်ား ရရွိႏုိင္ရန္ အလြန္ေစ့စပ္ေသခ်ာေသာ ႀကိဳးပမ္းမႈမ်ား ျပဳလုပ္ခဲ့ၾကပါသည္” ဟု ၎၏ အျမင္ကို ေျပာျပထားသည္။

ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ကို ၎၏အိမ္သို႔ တိတ္တဆိတ္ဝင္ေရာက္ခဲ့ေသာ ဂြ်န္ ၀ီလ်ံ ယက္ေထာ အမႈႏွင့္ ပတ္ သက္ ၿပီး အာဏာပိုင္မ်ားက ေမလ ၁၈ ရက္ေန႔မွ စတင္၍ အစိုးရ တရားလိုျပ သက္ေသမ်ားကို ဆက္တိုက္ စစ္ေဆးခဲ့ၿပီး ေမလ၂၆ ေန႔တြင္မွ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္း စုၾကည္ကို စစ္ေဆးခဲ့သည္။

ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္သည္ ပုဒ္မ ၂၂ အရ ျပစ္မႈ ထင္ရွားပါက ေထာင္ဒဏ္ ၃ ႏွစ္မွ ၅ ႏွစ္အထိ က်ခံရႏိုင္ ေၾကာင္း သိရသည္။

ျမန္မာ စစ္အစိုးရအေနျဖင့္ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ ရင္ဆိုင္ေနရသည့္ အမႈအား စီရင္ခ်က္ခ်မွတ္ရန္ လာမည့္ ၾသဂုတ္လ ၁၁ ရက္ေန႔သို႔ ေ႐ႊ႕ဆိုင္းထားသည္။

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 3, 2009 at 2:45 pm

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