Published in a recent exclusive by a Lebanese news outlet known as Alahed News is a copy of a diplomatic memo sent from Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim bin Abdul Aziz al-Assaf to Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Abdul Nasser al-Harethi. Dated April 16th 2019, five days before the Sri Lanken Easter Massacre which killed over 300 and injured 500 more, the cable specifically tells al-Harethi to inform all Saudia Arabian staff in the region to “avoid crowded and public places on Easter” – perhaps indicating that Saudi Arabia had previous knowledge indicating an attack that day was immanent.
Interestingly enough, the man whom went on to lead the terror attack on Easter Sunday, Zahran Hashim, has since been found by Sri Lanken authorities to have prior links to the Saudi Arabian government – making the memo’s release that much more suspicious.
Screen Shot of Document:
Translated into english, the letter reads:
Urgent – Top Secret
His Excellency Ambassador Abdul Nasser bin Hussein al-Harethi
You should carry out the following measures immediately:
First: You should delete all documents, computer data and latest correspondence with domestic and foreign members and groups, in addition to imposing a curfew for the embassy personnel unless it is necessary
Second: You should inform all those related to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia including counselors, security forces and intelligence during the three coming days, especially on the Christian Easter Day, to avoid presence in public and crowded places namely churches
Third: You should send written news about the Sri Lankan authorities and their viewpoints regularly to this ministry
Ibrahim bin Abdul Aziz al-Assaf