The Dalai Lama’s WikiLeaks Shame

Recent Wikileaks releases of US Embassy cables reveal shameful behaviour by the Nobel Peace Prize winner – the 14th Dalai Lama.

The Non-violence Myth

This series of Cables will comprehensively refute the Dalai Lama’s qualification for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Excerpts from a United States Foreign Service Top Secret Memorandum of Conversation between the Tsepon Shakabpa, acting as the personal representative of the Dalai Lama, and Fraser Wilkins, the First Secretary of the US Embassy in New Delhi. The conversation took place on 24 May 1951.


“If the Dalai Lama left Tibet would the United States be willing to supply the Dalai Lama with military assistance and loans of money?”


The Dalai Lama had entrusted Shakabpa with ‘the organizing of resistence in Tibet’, and ‘the provision of military assistance’.

This top secret document conclusively proves that the Dalai Lama personally engineered the US military involvement in Tibet.


The United States is prepared to fulfil the Dalai Lama’s request for military assistance:

“We are prepared to send you light arms through India… We will also give consideration to supplying you with loans of money to keep up the resistance.”

The conditions the US applies: The Dalai Lama leaves Tibet; the Dalai Lama issues a statement disavowing the agreement his delegates made with Communist China; the Dalai Lama organise resistance to the Chinese Communists.

With this document, a deal is made between the United States Government and the Dalai Lama of Tibet. The Dalai Lama has successfully persuaded a super power to intervene militarily on his behalf.


Although the actual contents of the Dalai Lama’s message to President Eisenhower remain classified, it is very clear from CIA Director Allen Dulles response to the message what they were. In a memo to President Eisenhower entitled ‘Dalai Lama’s Request for Supplies for the Tibetan Resistance’ he details the progress the CIA is making to fulfil this request.


This shows that the US government was true to its words and for the best part of two decades provided millions of dollars each year to fund the Dalai Lama’s war. Included in this was an annual personal subsidy of $180,000 to the Dalai Lama. We also note that the CIA was behind the development of ‘Tibet Houses’ around the world.

Establishment 22

The Dalai Lama established a secret Tibetan unit within the Indian Army – the shadowy ‘Establishment 22’. The cable releases reveal that the Dalai Lama’s secret army received a steady stream of new recruits from the Tibetan Children’s Village Schools. As the cable says: ‘Membership in Establishment 22  was compulsory for Tibetan students graduating from Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) schools until the late 1980s’. These schools were set up for the destitute children and orphans amongst the Tibetan refugee community with international aid donations.

How ironic that in the lead up to receiving the Nobel peace prize in 1989, the Dalai Lama was forcing orphans under his care into military service in his secret army.


 “While at school at the Central School for Tibetans in Mussoorie, my classmates and I used to sing a song that went, “Chocho mangmi la madro, haapen bholo yoki rae”, which translates to “O brother don’t go to the army, they will make you wear those loose half-pants”. Although we sang this song in every grade, it was only years later that the true meaning of those words finally dawned on me. Each year as the seniors graduated, we would see trucks waiting at the school gate – Indian Army trucks, all set to cart many of the graduating students off to the barracks for training. At the time I was confused, and wondered why these new graduates were not simply going home.” Tashi Dhundup


The CIA, together with it’s Indian equivalent the RAW, and the Tibetan Resistence fighters Chushi Gangdruk, formed ‘Establishment 22’ in 1962. There can be no doubt that it is ‘Establishment 22’ that the CIA are here referring to as the ‘paramilitary arm of the Tibetan Government in Exile’. Furthermore, although nominally part of the Indian army, history shows who really commands Establishment 22.

The Dalai Lama’s Wealth

When the Dalai Lama finally did flee Tibet in early 1959, he sent his brother, Gyalo Thondup, to ask for financial and military assistance. Gyalo Thondup let it be known that:

“The Dalai Lama did not bring out any treasures from Tibet and consequently was very hard up financially”.


The Dalai Lama received a personal subsidy from the US government – a covert payment arranged by the CIA – of 180,000 US Dollars per year from 1959 through till at least 1974. To put this in a modern context 180,000 dollars in the 1950s would be worth nearly 1.5 million today, and 180,000 dollars in the seventies would be worth nearly 800,000 today. Considering the US intended not to support the Dalai Lama financially that’s a pretty generous subsidy to have squeezed out of them.


An alternative version of the ‘no treasure brought from Tibet’ story can be found in The Struggle for Modern Tibet: The Autobiography of Tashi Tsering on pages 57 – 58:

‘In 1950, when it had seemed like a Chinese invasion was imminent, the Dalai Lama’s substantial stocks of gold and silver had been transported out of the country to safety in Sikkim. During the 1950s, though the Dalai Lama himself was in Tibet, the gold and silver remained in one of the storehouses of the maharaja of Sikkim. The Chinese had asked for its return but had not made an issue of it at the time. Following the Lhasa Uprising and the flight of the Dalai Lama, they claimed that the money was not the Dalai Lama’s personal fortune but belonged to the country–which they now considered to belong to them. At that point the Tibetan leaders decided it was time to secure their treasure more permanently and farther away from the border; and because of my association with Gyalola [Gyalo Thondup, the Dalai Lama’s brother], I found myself involved. It was quite an operation.’

‘The gold and silver were in the form of coins and ingots. When I became involved, the gold and silver were being hand-loaded onto trucks in Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, and driven south to Siliguri, the location of the nearest airstrip. At the airport the literally millions of dollars’ worth of gold were loaded onto Dakota cargo planes and flown to Calcutta.’

‘When this precious cargo reached Calcutta, the gold was immediately put into the banks. But for a while the silver was stored in a single room on the third floor of a trusted Tibetan merchant’s house. It was my responsibility to stand guard over it, and for nearly a month I stood sentinel in a silent room full of coins and odd pieces of silver.’

It is estimated that the Dalai Lama had nearly 5 tons of solid gold at his disposal in India. For a man with tens of millions of dollars in the bank to successfully plead poverty to the United States government is quite a feat.

So, despite having tens of millions of dollars worth of gold stored in banks in Calcutta, the Dalai Lama successfully pleaded poverty to the United States government and secured a tax-free hand out of $180,000 per annum from 1959 onwards.

By the 60s, however, some in the US administration were questioning the wisdom of these payments to the Dalai Lama, and the on-going financial support of the Tibetan refugees.

One illustration of this is the response to a letter from the Dalai Lama to the US President in late 1966, where the Dalai Lama mentions his plan to resettle with 400 Tibetans in the United States… with the apparent assumption that the US government will foot the $425,000 bill for this.

The response is straight-forward: ‘No USG funds are available’.


In 1969, the Dalai Lama’s personal representative Lodi Gyari lets the Americans know that the Dalai Lama has been negotiating with the Soviets [at that time the sworn enemy of the United States] for financial assistance.

“Lodi concluded by stating that the Dalai Lama and he would much prefer to take American financial assistance and he hoped I would give the matter close attention, for they had to get help from somewhere.”

Furthermore, in his report to the State Department, the US Ambassador noted, with some alarm, how during a recent public lecture:

“The Dalai Lama emphasized that he did not oppose communism, or for that matter any “isms” in particular. He declared that an independent Tibet could have a communist government or any other form supported by the majority of the people. What Tibetans opposed was foreign domination. In the current context, these remarks would appear to have been primarily directed towards Moscow.”

Imagine the horror back in Washington at the prospect of their trump card in the global propaganda war against communism switching sides – swapping the CIA for the KGB, and happily inviting communist rule in Tibet.

Needless to say, funding for the Dalai Lama was granted, and his CIA support renewed again and again in the following years. The US congress continues to financially support the Dalai Lama, and the CIA subsidy has been replaced by National Endowment for Democracy funding. As Professor Sautman reports:

“The United States is at least the second-largest donor, after India, to the TGIE (CTA), providing $2 million in “humanitarian aid” annually and may be the largest donor.109 Since 2004 it has given the exiles $4 million annually and provided $5.25 million for “Tibetan community assistance” in 2008. The U.S. National Endowment for Democracy (NED) supplies additional funds. The group’s founding president, Allen Weinstein, has said, “A lot of what [the NED does] today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA.”

Dalai Lama’s Psychological Warfare

Thanks to Wikileaks Cables we now know the lengths the Tibetan leadership [Dalai Lama] went, aided by their powerful allies, to wage psychological warfare on the global Buddhist family:


The Dark Side of Dalai Lama