By Bright Chikele:
STATE HOUSE has tasked the intelligence to infiltrate and investigate foreign diplomats whom the PF believes are printing The Post newspaper.
According to intelligence sources, the embassies being targeted include the United States, Britain and Germany, among others.
“State House does not understand how your newspaper is still on the streets even after raiding
and inspecting all the printing places in Lusaka where the printing was being done. So now the President’s advisors want the foreign embassies investigated.
State House wants some of the diplomats targeted so that we can know which of them is behind the printing of your newspaper,” the intelligence sources said.
“The targets are many, but those three embassies are top priority because State House regards them as stubborn and sympathetic of The Post. If you remember, the US embassy issued a statement saying they will not stop speaking about The Post [closure], so somehow to them, that has confirmed the rumour that your newspaper is being printed at one of the embassies.”
The intelligence officers said the task they had been given was a “tricky” one.
“The advisors are saying that if we discover that indeed one of these embassies is involved, then it will be a serious problem because diplomatic etiquette doesn’t allow diplomats to do
business in a host country directly or indirectly. But I think we are going to have serious challenges because we are going with mere speculation and these embassies have very good security systems. This is a tricky assignment. How do you infiltrate the US Embassy for example?” the intelligence sources wondered.
The sources said they had also been tasked to target vendors and question where they were getting the newspaper from.
“They will do anything to make sure that The Post is not on the streets. To them, whoever is printing, delivering and selling is an accomplice of evil and they must to be stopped. Even the vendors will be picked for questioning so that they can explain who gives them the paper
to sell and where it is being printed,”