Thaksin's odd-sounding interview - May 4, 2010
The speaking style of the person The Nation spoke with in its Thaksin interview does raise questions. We have analyzed Thaksin's speech patterns for years and, discounting the poor quality of the call, there is certainly something different in the person's speaking cadence from Thaksin's normal style. If Thaksin is indeed alive, it seems odd how each proof of his existence is far from definite and does not settle the issue of his health.
On one hand it is hard to image a person of Thaksin's personality type resisting the limelight. The lure of the Thai big man to tell his followers how much he is suffering for them and how much he is supporting them is an overwhelming urge.
On the other hand, the international community does not want a change of government funded by Thaksin. It is certain that the Thai government has had success in diplomatic behind-the-scenes action to pressure nations not to allow Thaksin's leadership and instigation of Red Shirt activities.
Assuming Thaksin is indeed alive, his peculiar disappearance and paucity of contacts could only be explained by the fact that he is under intense pressure to demonstrate to his host nations that he is not attempting to lead a revolution in Thailand.
In contrast, PM Abhisit has been giving multiple public interviews to the international media.
Chronology of recent "Thaksin is dead" rumors
* There have long been rumors about Thaksin's health. In recent weeks, often at the height of Red Shirt pressure against the government, rumors have suddenly circulated that Thaksin was in a coma.
* On April 25 obviously faked photos were posted on Thaksin's Facebook page. We discussed these Photoshopped images here: Thaksin's health and Photoshopped images
* The next day, as if response to the fake photos, Thaksin appeared in Montenegro and was both photographed and recorded on video.
* Nevertheless in the following days rumors increased that Thaksin was dead along--with claims that the photos from Montenegro were taken at another time and that AP had admitted they were duped. 2Bangkok pointed out that AP had not retracted the photos of Thaksin.
* We contacted one of the photographers involved in the April 26 Thaksin appearance and he stated that the photos were indeed taken on that day. He sent more to back up this claim: The unpublished photos of Thaksin taken on April 26, 2010
* On May 3, The Nation had a surprise phone interview with a person claiming to be Thaksin.