US embassy cable - 00HANOI2605

ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES BY AMERICAN CITIZENS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Identifier: 00HANOI2605
Wikileaks: View 00HANOI2605 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Hanoi
Created: 2000-11-30 08:57:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Tags: PREL PTER KPAO CB VM CTERR
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.


2000HANOI02605 - UNCLASSIFIED
 
 
 
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INFO  LOG-00   NP-00    AID-00   A-00     ACQ-00   CA-02    CCO-00   
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      SRPP-00  DS-00    EAP-00   EB-00    FAAE-00  FBIE-00  UTED-00  
      VC-00    H-01     TEDE-00  INR-00   INSE-00  L-00     VCE-00   
      MMP-00   M-00     AC-01    DCP-01   NRCE-00  NSAE-00  NSCE-00  
      OCS-03   OMB-01   PA-00    PM-00    PRS-00   ACE-00   P-00     
      SP-00    IRM-00   SSO-00   SS-00    TRSE-00  T-00     USIE-00  
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FM AMEMBASSY HANOI
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1416
AMEMBASSY PHNOM PENH PRIORITY 
AMEMBASSY VIENTIANE PRIORITY 
INFO AMCONSUL HO CHI MINH CITY PRIORITY 
UNCLAS HANOI 002605 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PREL, PTER, KPAO, CB, VM, CTERR 
SUBJECT:  ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES BY AMERICAN CITIZENS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA 
 
REF:  A) HANOI 02560  B) HANOI 02559 
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1. (SBU) DURING RECENT WEEKS, CITIZENS/RESIDENTS OF THE 
UNITED STATES HAVE BEEN DETAINED IN SOUTHEAST ASIA FOR ACTS 
DESIGNED TO DISRUPT AND CHALLENGE THE CONTROL OF SOVEREIGN 
STATES -- VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA -- WHICH ARE RECOGNIZED BY 
THE U.S. GOVERNMENT.  THE GOAL OF THESE INDIVIDUALS AND/OR 
THE ORGANIZATIONS THEY REPRESENT IS TO EMBARRASS THE 
GOVERNMENTS OF VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA AND, MORE BROADLY, TO 
IMPEDE THE DEVELOPMENT OF U.S. BILATERAL RELATIONS. SINCE 
THE PRESIDENT WAS IN BRUNEI AND VIETNAM AND MEETING WITH 
LEADERS OF THE AFFECTED STATES, THESE ACTIONS HAVE CREATED A 
NEGATIVE BACKLASH TO OUR BILATERAL RELATIONS.  THESE 
INCIDENTS NEED TO BE FORMALLY CONDEMNED BY THE USG TO AVOID 
CREATING THE IMPRESSION THE USG SOMEHOW CONDONES THE 
ACTIONS.  DEPARTMENT PRESS GUIDANCE OF NOVEMBER 27 ON THE 
CAMBODIA INCIDENT BEGINS THAT PROCESS.  BUT, NOW THAT IT IS 
CLEAR THERE ARE U.S. CITIZENS IN DETENTION WHO HAVE ADMITTED 
THEIR ROLES IN THESE ACTIVITIES, THE STATEMENTS SHOULD GO 
FURTHER IN CONDEMNING THE ACTIONS. 
 
2.  (SBU) THE U.S. GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO BUILDING 
RELATIONS WITH VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA 
-- AS WELL AS WITH NEIGHBORING LAOS WHICH EXPERIENCED 
SIMILAR "INTERVENTIONS" IN THE PAST YEAR.  THEREFORE, IT 
WOULD SEEM APPROPRIATE FOR THE USG TO MAKE A PUBLIC 
STATEMENT SPECIFICALLY DENOUNCING THE EFFORTS OF U.S. 
CITIZENS/RESIDENTS TO INTERFERE IN OUR CONDUCT OF RELATIONS 
AND TO PUT PEOPLE'S LIVES AT RISK.  THIS STATEMENT, WHILE 
POTENTIALLY UPSETTING TO SOME IN THE U.S., IN FACT 
REPRESENTS U.S. FOREIGN POLICY.  (IT WOULD BE MORE 
CONTROVERSIAL BUT ALSO VALID TO ADD TO THAT STATEMENT A 
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COMMITMENT TO PUNISH ANYONE WHO MAY HAVE VIOLATED U.S. LAW 
IN THE PROCESS OF CARRYING OUT THE ACTIONS TAKEN IN AND 
AGAINST VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA.) 
 
3. (SBU) BECAUSE OF THE DIPLOMATIC NOTE DELIVERED TO THE 
EMBASSY HERE CONCERNING THE LY TONG INCIDENT (REFTELS), WE 
DO NOT BELIEVE THE U.S. SHOULD ISSUE A STATEMENT THAT ONLY 
FOCUSES ON THE HIJACKING.  MOREOVER, GIVEN THE CLOSE VIETNAM- 
CAMBODIAN RELATIONSHIP AND CANCELLATION OF THE VIETNAMESE 
PRESIDENT'S VISIT TO CAMBODIA -- ALMOST CERTAINLY BECAUSE OF 
THE INCIDENTS OUTSIDE PHNOM PENH -- THERE IS EVEN MORE 
REASON TO BELIEVE LEADERS IN THESE COUNTRIES SEE THE ACTIONS 
AS LINKED. 
 
4.  (SBU) EMBASSY HANOI RECOMMENDS DEPARTMENT CONSULT WITH 
EMBASSIES IN PHNOM PENH AND VIENTIANE REGARDING THE ISSUANCE 
OF A STATEMENT CONDEMNING THESE ACTIONS IN ONE COMPREHENSIVE 
STATEMENT.  WE SUGGEST SOMETHING BE USED ALONG THE FOLLOWING 
LINES: 
 
BEGIN TEXT: 
 
THE U.S. GOVERNMENT CONDEMNS THE RECENT ACTIONS IN SOUTHEAST 
ASIA BY INDIVIDUAL U.S. CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS WHO HAVE 
VIOLATED THE LAW BY COMMITTING TERRORIST ACTS AGAINST 
EXISTING GOVERNMENTS IN THAT AREA.  THESE ACTS VIOLATE 
INTERNATIONAL NORMS OF BEHAVIOR AND ENDANGER LIVES AND 
SHOULD BE PUNISHED UNDER INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL LAWS. 
(U. S. LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES HAVE BEEN ALERTED TO 
INVESTIGATE WHETHER ANY U.S. LAWS WERE VIOLATED LEADING UP 
TO OR IN THE CARRYING OUT OF THESE ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES.)  END 
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PETERSON 
 
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