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Sri Lanka Terrorists Pirate Use Of Intelsat Satellite

By | April 16, 2007

      Tamil Tiger terrorists in Sri Lanka have illegally pirated signals of an Intelsat satellite, according to the company.

      Those terrorists, called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), are listed by the State Department as a foreign terrorist organization.

      Intelsat officials, including its technical experts, met with Bernard Goonetilleke, the Sri Lankan ambassador to the United States.

      They discussed steps Intelsat is taking to address unauthorized use of its satellite by the LTTE.

      During the meeting, Intelsat General Counsel Phillip Spector, said Intelsat has been pursuing “technical alternatives to halt the transmissions.”

      The Sri Lanka Embassy and Intelsat agree that these illegal transmissions by the LTTE are a violation of Sri Lankan and U.S. laws, according to Intelsat.

      Following the discussion, Goonetilleke said he is “satisfied that Intelsat is taking these unauthorized transmissions very seriously,” and he believes Intelsat “would do all that it can to stop the terrorist transmissions. I am confident that Intelsat will continue to cooperate with Sri Lankan authorities in this matter.”

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