Tempo Semanal's latest attack has been levlled at Timor-Leste's finance minister, Emilia Pires. According to the headline, Pires alleges (present tense) that Taur Matan Ruak, commander of Timor-Leste's armed forces, wants to carry out a coup.
Then we get to this:
Despite this fact the former Falintil Chief of Staff continues to be the target of all sorts of accusations including of acting discriminatorily, being an assassin (ed: as in 2006) and lately of wanting to undertake a coup, as can be seen in an email by Dr. Emilia Pires, the current Finance Minister in the Fourth Constitutional Government, as well as by Ms. Ines Almeida who alleged that Taur Matan Ruak would act undemocratically and carry out a coup against his former Commander in Chief. “ I feel that some people are preparing the land in ET to follow the same steps…..,” (referring to the military coup in Fiji in 2006), wrote Dr Emilia in an email to 13 of her friends on 5 December 2006.
An email sent to 13 of her friends in 2006? Four years ago? This is yet another time private emails of the finance minister have trickled into the public eye.
This newspaper tried unsuccessfully to obtain clarification from the Finance Minister, Dr. Emilia Pires.
So in other words, there is no news, other than an attempt to do a spot of PR for Ruak while venting frustration at Pires for — rightly so — not having anything to say about this non-story.