We have covered the Islamic Defenders Front extensively as the foremost domestic jihadist group in Indonesia in recent years. As a domestic group, unlike those with formal ties to al-Qaeda, and one that most often saves its abuse for non-Muslims and Ahmadis (but not always), they have been tolerated and even encouraged by sympathizers on all levels of society. That apparently includes the national intelligence chief. “Scene: Ex-police chief denies FPI funding allegations,” from the Jakarta Post, September 7 (thanks to Twostellas):
JAKARTA: National Intelligence Agency chief Sutanto scoffed at a WikiLeaks cable allegation that he funded hard-line group The Islam Defenders Front (FPI) while serving as National Police chief.
“There is no such thing. There has never been any funding for the FPI,” Sutanto said on Tuesday as quoted by tribunnews.com.
The cable stated that the police funded the FPI and used them as an “attack dog”.
Sutanto denied all the allegations made against him and the police.
“Ask [WikiLeaks]. None of it is true,” he said.
Spokesmen for the National Police and FPI have also denied the allegations from the leaked US diplomatic cable dated May 9, 2006.