Wikileaks had exposed the meeting from a leaked US Embassy cable, which was then uploaded onto an online portal run by Raja Petra kamarudin and which is Malaysia Today.
In the report, Clark revealed that Shazryl, who was former Thai consul in Langkawi, had in-depth knowledge of the separatist movement, including the role played by the older generation insurgency leaders in providing support to the younger leaders.
Clark also noted that Shazryl had informed the US officials that he saw no evidence linking the Thai Malay separatist to external terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiyah.
Clark said Shazryl believed that the Thai Malay separatists accounted for only 30% of attacks in south Thailand while the rest were linked to criminal gangs and factions within the army, intelligence and police.
It was also revealed that the insurgents received financial assistance via Singapore from unknown sources.
Clark had noted that Shazryl's information on the insurgents were the most detailed the US team had received.
However, Shazryl denied Clark's claim that veteran insurgent Abdullah Idris, the vice-president of National Revolutionary Front, was responsible for ordering some of the ongoing attacks in southern Thailand.
Shazryl also denied sharing with the US officials a 12-page ΓÇ£confidentialΓÇ¥ paper on the insurgency and views of the Thai Malays.
(The Malaysian Insider) - A leaked United States diplomatic cable has revealed that Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah was close to veteran Thai separatists hiding out in Malaysia, blogger Raja Petra KamarudinΓÇÖs website reported today.
Shazryl topped newspaper headlines in Malaysia recently for releasing a video purportedly showing Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim having sex with a prostitute. He also lost a legal suit for RM20 million for commission in the aborted crooked bridge to Singapore.
Raja PetraΓÇÖs Malaysia Today website recently began collaborating with whistleblowers WikiLeaks and said it has been given access to a cache of US diplomatic cables relating to Malaysia.
In one such 2006 cable, then US embassy political chief Mark Clark was said to have met Shazryl ΓÇöthen the Honorary Thai Consul ΓÇö in Langkawi on February 5, 2006 and was told details of how the insurgents operated.
ΓÇ£Eskay, who was a leading Malaysian facilitator of the dialogue with Thai insurgents hosted by former prime minister (Tun Dr) Mahathir (Mohamad), argued that the older generation insurgency leaders, mostly resident in Malaysia, remained relevant as they provided needed support services and safe haven to younger leaders.
ΓÇ£He identified only one old guard leader as actively ordering attacks, and estimated that criminal gangs and Thai security services were responsible for 70 per cent of the recent violence,ΓÇ¥ said the cable.
The cable also said that Shazryl shared a 12-page paper on the insurgency and Thai Malay views, resulting from his interviews with numerous separatist leaders.
ΓÇ£Eskay credibly appeared to have contacts with a large pool of old guard leaders, insurgents, and sympathizers from ThailandΓÇÖs Malay south. His views on the insurgency were the most detailed we heard during five days of travel in northern Malaysia and tracked well in many respects with information and opinions from others,ΓÇ¥ the cable read.
It also said that ΓÇ£several Malaysians volunteered they were suspicious of EskayΓÇÖs contacts with Malay separatists and alleged Eskay had been involved in controversial business deals in the past.ΓÇ¥