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Suu Kyi has boyfriend, says Myanmar envoy

world Updated: May 23, 2009 00:52 IST

Myanmar's consul general in Hong Kong has posted a letter on the Internet suggesting the American man arrested for visiting democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi was a "secret agent or her boyfriend."

“Some of our friends inquired about an American, who swam into the Inya Lake, who secretly visited Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's house,” said the letter seen on Friday on the consulate's website.

“Their question is why he swam to her and what they discussed within his stay at her house,” said the letter signed by “the Consulate General of the Union of Myanmar.”

"Frankly, we have no idea whether he is either secret agent or her boyfriend at this moment. We shall try to learn it and tell you later," it said.

For emphasis, the words "either secret agent or her boyfriend" were in bold and underlined.

The posting refers to the bizarre incident in which a 53-year-old American, John Yettaw, swim across a lake to Aung San Suu Kyi's house.