Was he murdered to shut him up?
In 1999, the East Timorese voted to be independent of Indonesia.
Angered by this, the Indonesian military then carried out mass murders in East Timor.
When US Admiral Blair met Indonesia's General Wiranto he reassured Wiranto of US support for the Indonesian armed forces. (aangirfan: Admiral Dennis Blair 'lied' about church killings. /aangirfan: Admiral Dennis Blair and Genocide)
On June 13, 1999, in the Washington suburb of Arlington, Virginia, Mervyn Jenkins, the North American attache for the Australian Defence Intelligence Organization (DIO) was found hanged in the backyard of his home a week before the Jenkins family planned to return to Australia.
Jenkins, an expert in covert action and electronic warfare, had been posted in Washington for a three-year assignment.
He had been stressed by bureaucratic infighting between two Australian intelligence agencies over which documents could be shared with the CIA and the DIA.
But would this happily married father of three sons take his own life on his 48th birthday?
His diary showed detailed plans for his life in Australia 10 weeks into the future.
The USA, Indonesia and Australia are interested in East Timor's oil.
On April 16, 2001, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) popular investigative news show "Four Corners" probed Jenkins' mysterious "suicide," which had produced a storm of criticism in Australia, leading to a government investigation.
Not satisfied with the results (the Blunn Report), Jenkins' wife filed a lawsuit against the government.
Both his wife and mother appeared on the ABC broadcast, a transcript of which is posted online. (25)
Betty Daly-King believes Jenkins was murdered to prevent him returning home with knowledge that the Pentagon didn't want him to bring back to Australia...
According to the official story laid out by "Four Corners," Jenkins was caught in the crossfire between U.S. and Australian intelligence agencies over the issue of intelligence sharing.
Daly-King believes that the conflict centered on the Indonesion repression of East Timorese who had voted for independence, with the U.S. backing the Indonesians and the Australians leaning toward the East Timorese independence fighters.
Influential Australian organizations such as the Returned Servicemen's League have historically sympathized with the East Timorese because so many had risked their lives to save Australians during World War II, she explains, and people-to-people relationships have been maintained ever since. (26)
"The USA would do anything to appease Indonesia to keep access through their straits to get to and from Saudi's oil," she wrote to me.
25. http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/"Australian Aide Under Probe Dead in Apparent Suicide", Washington Post, 6/17/99. Transcript of "Caught in the Crossfire": http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/s276564.htm