Well, of course, yes, to an extent, yes, but there was a lot of transparency here. There's something funny that, you know, for the outside world, they don't understand these kinds of things. Look, the very Sierra Leoneans - or a lot of them, before they got their citizenship, that came with Sam Bockarie to Liberia in December of 1999 were very good friends with the embassy people. It's very difficult to bring our regions that like you look at other parts of the world. Okay?
The very Sam Bockarie that was in Liberia, who says that he would not meet and speak to the Sierra Leonean ambassador or members of the embassy? There was - you know, you hear it and you think that there is war going - people don't behave that way. Sam Bockarie was in Liberia for that time. He would talk to Sierra Leonean officials. In fact, the very guesthouse of the RUF, Sierra Leonean officials assigned at the embassy visited there. These people were not trying to kill each other on the streets of Monrovia.
So, from my standpoint, there was nothing being hidden. The Government of Sierra Leone knew that Sierra Leoneans were there. They - we did a complete accounting. Remember I had mentioned to this Court that the first 30 or so days we were dealing with immigration activities, identification processes. Everybody knew who came. We did not hide the number of people that came with Sam Bockarie. No, no, no, no, no.
Everybody knew that wanted to know. It was published in newspapers - published them. So by inviting the ambassador to the base, he would see the people and they would be able to identify. The ambassador doesn't come alone. The ambassador comes with intelligence people, let there be no mistake, no - there's nothing I'm going to teach anybody here about. All embassies have intelligence people. They may call them vice-counsel or they may call them political officer. These are all spies. Every embassy, everybody - whether you are some officer at the embassy - is an intelligence officer. He is not covered by that title, but everyone have spies at the embassy. They collect intelligence. And so when the ambassador comes, he doesn't come alone. He comes with people. There may be press attache. Press attache is your title, but you could be a military officer.
So it's very difficult to deceive people, but the exposure and the transparency by inviting them to these areas would give an assurance, at least, that there is transparency and the desire to doing good. This is the whole purpose.