05 Sep '11, 4am

Lee Kuan Yew says the claim in a WikiLeaks cable, in which he had characterised Islam as a 'venomous religion', is false

SINGAPORE - Former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said the claim in a cable released by WikiLeaks, in which he had "characterised Islam as a 'venomous religion'", is false. Mr Lee this morning issued a statement following the release by Wikileaks of a cable by the United States Embassy in Singapore, reporting on the visit of then-Senator Hillary Clinton to Singapore in July 2005. He added that that he looked up Ministry of Foreign Affairs' filenote of the meeting and "nowhere does it record me describing Islam as 'venomous', nor did I say anything which could have given that impression", said Mr Lee in the statement. In the statement, Mr Lee said that at the meeting, he talked about extremist terrorists like the Jemaah Islamiyah group, and "the jihadist preachers who brainwashed them". "They are implacable in wanting to put down all who do not agree with them. So their Islam...

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