The Dalai Lama and the CIA (Part 1) First German Television and Southern German Daily Set off a Wave of Criticism

Published:2012/09/14    08:00

(By the True Heart News interviewing team in Taipei) On June 7, 2012, First German Television (ARD) broadcasted a report on the Dalai Lama and the CIA at a program called Panorama. On 8thof June, Southern German Daily (Süddeutsche Zeitung), the largest press in Germany, published a report entitled “Seemingly Sacred (Heiliger Schein).” This article unveils the historical facts of the fourteenth Dalai Lama engaging in guerrilla warfare behind the scene; during the cold war, the Dalai Lama received large amount of financial and military aid to train Tibetan guerrilla forces; Tibetan forces took order directly from the CIA to launch guerrilla warfare along the border of Chinese Tibet and India. These two reports triggered a series of follow-ups by German and European media, exposing the truth about the Dalai Lama’s violent nature behind the façade of peace. The Dalai Lama’s deeds do not seem to match his words. The Dalai Lama has always flaunted the banner of peace while secretly using armed violence. He is obviously in the know about the financial aid and military cooperation between Tibet and the U.S. but conceals much more than what he is willing to admit. Hence, the inside story of the Dalai Lama draws a rare wave of media criticism.

Igniting criticism in German and European media, the Panorama program on German TV clearly promulgates the purpose of producing the film The Dalai Lama and the CIA (Der Dalai Lama und Die CIA) as follows:

Peace and non-violence is the impression that the Dalai Lama creates about Tibetan people. This, however, is just a beautified mirage. Tibetans had spent over twenty years using violence and armed force to strive for independence. The U.S. CIA secretly supported Tibetan guerrilla forces and the Dalai Lama took money out of CIA’s pocket. Panorama pays close attention to this unwelcome Tibetan history and raises the question: Which is the true image of Nobel laureate Dalai Lama? (

The program explains in the film:

The fourteenth Dalai Lama represents peace and non-violence which earns him the Nobel Peace Prize. No one wants to shake and shatter that image. But this image does not match his violent armed struggles against China and the brutal killings of Chinese. Nevertheless, this is truly another side of the Dalai Lama. He had cooperated with the US CIA for a long period of time and received huge amount of money, weapons and training to carry out Tibetan resistant activities against China. The Dalai Lama knows that his European friends do not like this part of Tibetan history. This, however, is indeed part of his whole image.

The very next day after Panorama’s broadcast of The Dalai Lama and the CIA, Southern German Daily, the largest newspaper in Germany, highlighted a preview on the front page and published an article with lengthy title on the third page. The title reads: “Seemingly Sacred: As a leading symbol of pacifism, the Dalai Lama knows much more about CIA’s involvement in Tibet than what he is willing to admit. This holy monarch has fallen into the shadow of armed violence.” Three reporters collaborated on this detailed revelation of the double faces of the Dalai Lama, who controls armed forces under the cover of peace.

The joint reports of German First Television and Southern German Daily on the true colors of the Dalai Lama have triggered a wave of media criticism that swept across Europe rapidly. La Republica in Itlay, Il Meddaggero in Rome, etc have subsequently reported on the relations between the Dalai Lama and the CIA. Telegraaf in the Netherlands also published an article entitled “The Dalai Lama’s Seemingly Holy Image – the Nobel laureate is a CIA spy and the leader of Tibetan guerrilla forces.”

The relations between the Dalai Lama and the CIA revealed by this wave of media criticism has actually long been the whispers among Tibetan communities in India and widespread on the web. Clearly this is not news. This movement of criticizing the Dalai Lama from German media was driven by a former CIA agent’s daughter Lisa Cathey. She produces a documentary CIA in Tibet, which will be on the market in a few months. She interviewed over 30 former CIA agents and former Tibetan guerrillas. The documentary interview is over 100 hours long. Part of the contents has been released on her official website Kefiblog ( The data distinctively indicates that the Dalai Lama, the highest leader of Tibetans, knows about the CIA’s plot of financial aid to the armed resistance in Tibet much more than what he is willing to admit. He is not as ignorant as he had claimed. Europeans are shocked to learn that the Dalai Lama is such a double-faced hypocrite: a Nobel laureate who spurns violence in front of the world is actually a long-term supporter of armed violence to obstruct peace behind the scene.

Chairman Zhang Gongpu of the True Enlightenment Education Foundation explains that it’s long been known that the Dalai Lama received subsidy from the CIA and trained guerrilla forces. In 1951, when Chinese army entered Tibet, the US government was following the development of the situation in Tibet with extreme concerns until confirming it is in line with the US interest. The US government then decided to carry out “covert operations” in Tibet under NSC5412 sponsored by the CIA. The purpose is to weaken Chinese communist power by “secretly supporting underground anti-communist forces.” In the fifties and sixties, the CIA provided an annual aid of 1.7 million dollars to the exiled Tibetans and airdropped various heavy and light weaponry to launch guerrilla warfare. In addition, the CIA also donated 180 thousand dollars annually to the Dalai Lama personally in exchange for his support. The scheme of aiding Tibet against China only ended when President Nixon established diplomatic relations with the new China. The Dalai Lama abruptly lost the source of financial and military support and was forced to take the so-called middle road. He reluctantly asked the guerrilla forces to put down their weapons.

Chairman Zhang further explains that the Dalai Lama uses the halo of Nobel Peace Prize to mesmerize the world. But the same knife cuts bread and fingers! This false halo of Peace Prize without true substance is also the main reason for people to see through his double faces. The criticism and discussion about the Dalai Lama being the backstage planner for the cooperation between CIA and Tibet spread from Germany to all over Europe on major newspapers. Though this has long been an open secret widespread over the web and media, the fact that two prominent media, First German Television and Southern German Daily, report hand in hand has made a deeper and wider impression about the true violent nature of the Dalai Lama. Chairman Zhang is looking forward to the completion and release of Lisa Cathey’s documentary CIA in Tibet, with a hope that the true nature of the Dalai Lama will be known to the world.

Editor’s Note:

This article is an English version of the Chinese edition published on 

August 28, 2012.

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