The LINE chat between someone, said to be a US Embassy official, and a Thai political activist, is a complete fabrication and the US government is not funding or providing support to any protest groups in Thailand, according to the U.S. Embassy’s spokesperson, Nicole Fox.
Earlier today (Tuesday), a group of protesters, calling themselves “The peoples of Thailand” rallied at the US Embassy in Bangkok, to protest against alleged interference in Thailand’s internal affairs by, what the protesters claim, are embassy officials.
The protest followed a social media post, circulated over the weekend of April 17th and 18th, purporting to show a LINE chat between a former U.S. Embassy official and a Thai political activist.
Nicole Fox said that the official in question left in July last year, does not have a LINE account, and has not had any communication with the Thai citizen referenced in the posts.
This is not the first time the US government has been accused of meddling in Thailand’s internal affairs and politics. There was also a protest at the embassy last year, which led to a statement on September 11th reiterating that the United States government is not funding or otherwise providing support to any of the protests in Thailand.
In the Songkran message, by the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken on April 12th, he said that the United States of America is proud to recognize Thailand as one of its strongest and most enduring allies.
“Building on our alliance, our nations have achieved notable progress on shared goals, including the advancement of regional security, the expansion of trade and investment and the maintenance of our robust people-to-people ties. We look forward to deepening our friendship with the Kingdom of Thailand even further.”
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)