The Director of Military Intelligence, Lt Jen Datuk Mohd Salleh Ismail has denied "that the military intelligence had been a source of information for PKR advisor, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim concerning threats to his safety and that of his family" as was reported in NST online dated July 5th,2008.
The denial has now been the talk among retired senior military officers, who generally felt that it was wrong and unprofessional for Datuk Mohd Salleh to utter such a statement to the press. This act will simply give away the perception that the military is siding with the government and incriminating Anwar and his family.
Our Armed Forces has to remain true to being above politics. The case involving Anwar against the government is political in nature, and even if Anwar has implicated the military intelligence to the case, the least that Datuk Mohd Salleh could have said was that "this matter is in the hands of the police, and let the police handle it", or words to that effect.
By doing what he did, he had unceremoniously dragged the Armed Forces into a political fray, involving the top political echelons of the country. This is a major setback, that can bring disrepute and mistrust of the military intelligence.
What the military intelligence need to do now is for them to realign itself to its primary role and responsibility i.e. the acquisition of intelligence that threatens national sovereignty, defence and security. National politics is not part of such role and responsibility.